Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA, Minnesota, and then tossed in "Miami" in at the end.
Miami, of course, is where Ja'Quan Newton committed earlier this week. There has been talk that he and Whitehead would be a "package deal" at whichever school was lucky enough to snatch them up. Is that serious? Whitehead has said it is, but then Newton's committment was so abrupt and unexpected, it's hard to believe that was in the original plans anyway.
However, it wasn't entirely clear in the SNY interview that the New York native was giving a complete narrowed list to the reporter -- Whitehead also mentioned "there's a lot" of schools he is interested in. One could draw that the five he mentioned are his "real" short list, since those are the ones that immediately came to mind (even though he needed a question about his buddy Newton, the other half of the potential package deal to remember Miami).
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.