With all 18 points coming on interception and fumble returns for scores, Opelika's defense again showed why the Bulldogs are considered one of the favorites to get back to the Class 6A title game. One of the reasons for the continued strong play on that side of the ball has been junior defensive end Quandeski Whitlow. At 6-4, 226, Whitlow can hold his ground in the running game, but also has the quickness to pressure the quarterback.
Playing alongside Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts and South Alabama commitment Malcolm Buggs, Whitlow is already making a name for himself with college football teams. Still waiting on his first offer, he feels like it could be coming soon after hearing from three teams early in the process.
A visitor to Auburn for a game already this season, Whitlow said that he enjoyed getting to see coach Ellis Johnson's defense in person. He said he especially liked the way coach Rodney Garner rotated his guys up front to get players reps and to keep guys fresh for the fourth quarter.
"I have seen them look pretty good," Whitlow said. "I wouldn't mind going there because it seems like a pretty good school. The rotation is perfect. I love what they're doing there."
With Roberts and Auburn commitment Jakell Mitchell both already in his ear about choosing their school, Whitlow said for him it's just fun and games at the moment. Still a long way from having to make a decision, the talented defensive end said he's not in any rush and wants to just enjoy his team's run at a state title.
"I told them that I have time," Whitlow said. "Whatever decision I make I just want them to be happy for me. I'm just taking my time."