Peanut's Pride

Arkansas will get a December visit from one of the South's best defensive ends in Birmingham (Ala.) West End's DeAntwan "Peanut" Whitehead (6-4, 245, 4.6).

While he has a bevy of schools on his list, Birmingham (Ala.) West End star Deantwan Whitehead just has two postseason official visits on his docket so far.

That would be to Louisville on Nov. 26-28 and then to Arkansas on Dec. 3 -5- two schools that will no doubt love to host the 6-4, 245-pound defensive end nicknamed Peanut.

"I've got a ton of other schools I am looking at like Clemson, Georgia, UCLA, Auburn and Cal-Berkley, but Arkansas and Louisville are two I am definitely going to visit and have already got set up," Whitehead said, "and I'm going to visit Clemson, too. I'm looking forward to getting up there to Arkansas and checking things out. I know they have a good program and I can get a good education in business or computer technology.

"I went to the Clemson-Miami game and went to the first two Auburn games," Whitehead said. I'm going to be at the Florida-Alabama game this weekend."

Whitehead actually committed to Clemson this summer before retracting that pledge and opening things back up.

"I just want to not rush things and take all the visits and take a look at what the best school is for me both academically and on the football field," Whitehead said.

Whitehead was injured during the early part of last season, but has made his talent know this season by averaging 12 tackles per game during his teams 2-3 start.

"I've been getting after it and have a couple of interceptions and one I took back for a touchdown," Whitehead said.'s national recruiting director Scott Kennedy, who rates Whitehead as the seventh-best player in the South, was certainly impressed with what he saw in the prospect's first game of the season:

"DeAntwan Whitehead was injured for most of his junior season," Kennedy writes. "He was able to make some camps this summer where he was a standout, but how would he do when the lights came on on Friday Nights?

"Whitehead answered that question emphatically in his first game back as a senior," Kennedy added. "He played the game as if he had been waiting two years to hit someone. He got after the offense on every single play. He was dynamite on special teams. He lived in the backfield, and he made a habit of chasing plays down from the backside once Ensley started running away from him in the second quarter.

"Whitehead's first step off the line is as good as it gets," Kennedy contined. "Even in plays that would show up in the stat sheet, Whitehead was in the backfield, or commanding a triple team from his end spot.

"We knew Whitehead had a chance to be good after seeing him at camp this summer," Kennedy said. "The 6-6 and 240 pounds end is a man among boys. But we didn't expect him to be THIS good."

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