Whitfield wowed in Tuscaloosa

Darius Whitfield is still awaiting a verbal scholarship offer from Alabama, but the younger brother of 2014 signee Joshua Casher is very familiar with the in-state program. He was back on campus for A-Day on Saturday, and multiple coaches made it a point to spend time with the two-way lineman.

Along with 2014 Alabama signee Joshua Casher, younger brother Darius Whitfield hit Tuscaloosa on Saturday for A-Day festivities. The duo was one of dozens of elite prospects on campus on this day, but they held as much attention as anyone would.

"The weekend went pretty good," Whitfield said. "We got there a little late, but overall the trip was good. The coaches are cool guys and the facilities are amazing. I love the way they coach their players."

The class of 2016 prospect from Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal was like most trench talents on this day, anxious for what food would be consumed while in town.

"The game was pretty good, but the food they made for us was a breath taker," he said laughing. "It was so much and so good. I always tell my mom that they must put steroids or some type of protein because one plate gets you full easily."

Admitting the food was "probably " the best part, Whitfield focused on the spring game itself and players occupying his potential future position(s).

"The defensive line looks like they're going to be pretty good and the offensive line, too," he said. "The running backs ran with so much aggression, the only thing they have to get together is the quarterback position."

Outside of the game, assistants Mario Cristobal and Kirby Smart each spent time with Whitfield, and each could end up coaching the 6-foot-2, 254-pounder when all is said and done.

"They love my aggression and explosiveness off the ball," he said. "They said it's unbelievable how I can move at my size. I don't know if they want me to play defense or offense, but they said they're going to be down in the spring.

"I prefer D-line. I've loved defense all my life. I just have a passion for defense. I love hitting people and making plays. I like offense, but it is something about defense that I love."

Already with offers from Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and Ole Miss, could the Crimson Tide soon be on the list?

"They said an offer will be coming soon," Whitfield said. "It will mean a good bit, but they would be in the same amount of interest as the other schools that have offered me."

Casher, who isn't the most shy signee Nick Saban has ever landed during his tenure, has been in his little brother's ear a bit in the meantime.

"Not for real," he said laughing. "He throws his little comments in at times, but he doesn't recruit me."

Whitfield, who is currently projected as an offensive guard prospect by Scout.com, says he plans on returning to Tuscaloosa in the near and that the coaching staff at Alabama should be by St. Paul's this spring as well.


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