Former Fresno state wrestler Kerik Whitfall was not drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, but was one of 19 players invited to the Philadelphia Eagles mini-camp this month.
He has now officially signed with the team.
Wheat originally attended Blin College in Branham, Texas, after a successful high school career with two sports at the Cypress Ranch, where he also did track.
In two seasons at Whitfall Junior College he recorded six touchdowns, 798 yards and 47 receptions, with 247Sports putting him in 17th place among junior college receivers. He soon became a bulldog.
As a junior in Fresno, Whitfall has appeared in 10 games, starting with four games and improving to 17 catches by 307 yards. In his final year, Whitfall received an honorary All-Mountain West award for his position, but played in only five games.
Wheatfall took advantage of an extra year of participation due to COVID-19, playing another year in Fresno.
He played in all 13 games and started in eight. He finished as the team’s third leading receiver, recording 38 receptions, 616 yards and four touchdowns. He also played in special teams.
In his last season, he played in the All-Star Game of the 2022 Tropical Bowl, helped Fresno win two away races and helped Fresno defeat two opponents in the top 25 for the first time since 2004.
By the end of his work in Fresno, he was a two-time winner of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
In the previous one interview of The Collegian, Fresno State Offensive Coordinator Kirby Moore, who recruited Whitfall, praised his work ethic.
“It was great to have him here,” Moore said. “I think he was really focused on some of the different obstacles he went through to get here.”
With a height of 6 feet, 2 inches and a weight of 185 pounds, the steady progress that Whitfall showed during his time in Fresno brought him an invitation to a mini-camp, and he is now traveling to Philadelphia with the opportunity to prove his worth.
Whitfol’s signing increases the number of UFDA’s Undefended Free Agents (UFDA) to 13. Fresno has signed three UDFAs with NFL teams after the 2022 draft: Ronnie Rivers ’run away at the Arizona Cardinals, Kevin Atkins’ defensive fight at the San Francisco 49ers and Arron Mosby’s .
Former Fresna lineup striker Alex Ackingbull was also recently invited to the Dallas Cowboys mini-camp. Akingbull, who joined Fresno as a graduate of UCLA in 2019, also contributed to the defeat of Fresno by two opponents from the top 25 for the first time since the 2004 season.