Whitlow Looking For Bigger and Better Things

Three-star defensive end Quandeski Whitlow talks about his three favorites, hearing from the in-state powers and more in this football recruiting report.

Opelika, Ala.--A talented defensive end prospect who had a strong junior season, Opelika's Quandeski Whitlow has seen his recruiting take off since the end of 2013.

Picking up offers from Louisville and Nebraska in the last few weeks, the 6-3, 228 Whitlow said right now he has got three schools at the top of his list from among his double-digit offers.

"I have 10 offers right now," Whitlow said. "I'm looking at Kentucky heavily. They are showing me a lot of interest. Also Miami and Cincinnati."

Still looking for offers from both Auburn and Alabama, the athletic pass rusher said at the moment he's just trying to remain patient. In constant contact with both coaching staffs, he said this spring and summer is going to be his big opportunity to show them what he can do when he is in camp.

"Auburn, I hear from them a lot," Whitlow said. "Coach Blackmon just tells me to be patient. He said if they need someone like me then they'll come get me. I talked to Coach Smart (Alabama assistant coach Kirby Smart) on Friday. He said he would offer me, but he wants me to check out the school first and see if it's somewhere I could be."

Something that is helping Whitlow throughout the process is having a coach like Brian Blackmon to help him navigate the recruiting waters. Also having current and former teammates to lean on is a big help as well he said, but it starts with his head coach.

"Coach Blackmon teaches us every day and he wants us to be great men," Whitlow said. "He wants us to be great people in life, and football isn't always going to be there. He wants us to make sure whatever decision we make then we're comfortable doing that. We can always talk to him if we need any information about it."

Quandeski Whitlow is a talented player for what is expected to be a strong Opelika High team this year.

Part of a senior class that has been one of the most successful in school history, Whitlow said he's excited about the opportunity to be one of the leaders for the Bulldogs and help his team to even bigger heights. He's also focused on improving his play on the field as well.

"It is more responsibility because I'm a senior and I am being counted on more," Whitlow said. "I have a lot of duties to accomplish this year. My goal this year is just to be a better player. Individually, I want to stop the run more successfully. I feel like my footwork is better and I think I'm going to be the best pass rusher in the state of Alabama."

Whitlow said he plans to visit and camp at Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina this summer in the hopes of getting those big offers. As far as what it would mean to get those offers from the Tigers and Crimson Tide, he said it would be huge.

"It would mean a lot to me to get both of those offers," Whitlow said. "Knowing that both schools have the best coaching staffs in the SEC that would be the best for me. If it happened I would have to look at what is best for me education-wise, playing time-wise and career-wise."

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