Juco QB Whitmer to the Big East

Junior college quarterback Chandler Whitmer (El Dorado, Kan./Butler Community College) has made it back to the place he wanted to be.

After transferring from the University of Illinois and enrolling at Butler, Whitmer hoped one day he would be an FBS quarterback again. On Wednesday, Whitmer said his second chance will take place on the east coast. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore said he verbally committed to Connecticut.

Whitmer, who played his high school ball in Downers Grove, Ill., chose the Huskies over Memphis, Kent State, Texas State and Murray State. UConn and Memphis were his frontrunners, and both schools were neck and neck for the majority of Whitmer’s recruiting process.

“I got home and sat with my family, and I was able to lay out all the pros and cons,” Whitmer said. “There were way more pros than cons about UConn being the best opportunity for my future, not only athletically but academically.

“I feel good about it. The recruiting process has had its ups and downs, but it’s a blessing. I was able to make the best decision for me and feel comfortable about it. I’m excited to get there.”

Whitmer visited Storrs, Conn., the last weekend of November and watched the Huskies beat Rutgers. Redshirt freshman receiver Shakim Phillips was his host. Whitmer was recruited by offensive coordinator George DeLeone and also has been in constant contact with head coach Paul Pasqualoni. Whitmer said Pasqualoni’s coaching background had a lot to do with his decision.

“The fact that [Pasqualoni] has coached in the league [NFL] was a big thing,” Whitmer said. “The style of offense at UConn is exactly like the NFL offenses, and I’ll learn as much football there as I will anywhere. I think they definitely will get me prepared for the next level if the time comes.”

A pro-style quarterback, Whitmer threw for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns for a Butler team that finished the year 11-1 and beat Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas) to win the Citizens Bank Bowl Dec. 4 in Pittsburg, Kan.