Defensive End Has Four Favorites

This Peach State defensive end talks about his busy summer schedule and his early list of favorites.

One of the most athletic defensive end prospects in the South is expected to make a visit to Auburn this weekend for a camp. Quinton Wesley (6-4, 230, 4.7) from Crim High in Atlanta is already hearing from some of the top schools in the country and has a group of favorites heading into the important camp schedule portion of the summer. He has already been to both Clemson and Middle Tennessee State for camps, but neither are in his top four at the moment.

"Right now I am keeping an open mind because I am now trying to get a feel about who really wants to recruit me," said Wesley. "Right now I would say that I like Mississippi State, Auburn, Minnesota and Oklahoma the best.

"Oklahoma has told me that their defensive ends are explosive and can really run," Wesley said. "They have told me to work very hard this summer, and if I can improve my speed just a little that they would recruit me. That is exactly what I am doing this summer and I feel that Oklahoma will recruit me during the season."

Quinton Wesley

A player that can change the flow of the game in a hurry, Wesley is one of those defensive ends that is always very busy and causes teams to know where he is at all times. Wesley will be a 3-year starter at defensive end and he has added 10 pounds each year over the last two years.

"My speed coming off the ball is what sets me apart," said Wesley. "I can make a big difference at defensive end or 'SAM' linebacker depending on how we line up."

Wesley finished last season with 40 solo tackles (30 assisted) seven sacks, six tackles for loss, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Wesley also doubles on offense as a tight end and offensive tackle, and he graded out at 90 percent on all of his blocking assignments at offensive tackle and also added 10 pancake blocks. Wesley will play both ways this year for most of the game at defensive end and either at offensive tackle or tight end.

"We don't know where I am going to play on offense," said Wesley. "It all depends on how our offensive tackles shape up this season. If they can hold up then I will play tight end, but if they struggle then I will be back at tackle. I also deep snap for us and I play on all special teams. I never come out of the game, which is the only way I want to play."

Wesley can bench 265 pounds, squats 410 and he has posted a 27-inch vertical jump. He attended the MSL camp in Atlanta where he was one of the top defensive linemen in attendance. Quinton starts in hoops (10 ppg, 14 rpg) and he runs track (4X100 relay second leg) and he throws the shot and disc.

Following his trip to Auburn for camp Wesley will visit Starkville for a unofficial visit to see the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Coach Sylvester Croom.

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