Defensive End Prospect Who Does It All Likes AU

A heavily recruited football prospect from Atlanta, who has a great frame and lots of athleticism, has the Auburn Tigers on his short list.

Atlanta, Ga.--Quinton Wesley is a tall defensive end prospect with a great frame and plenty of speed, who does a lot more than just pass rush at Crim High School.

"I have been playing since I was 11," Wesley explains. "That was when I, basically, started playing defensive tackle. Then, I moved to defensive end after I slimmed down my eighth grade year.

"Then, I didn't really play my ninth grade year, but I started my 10th and 11th grade year at defensive end. I also played offensive tackle, tight end and deep snapper last year, and I played deep snapper my 10th grade year.

"I also play basketball and run track," the 6-4, 226-pound prospect adds. "In track I run the 4x100 relay and throw the shot put and discus. I played center in basketball. I had like 250 rebounds overall and I can't remember points-wise. I was the team leader in rebounding, the leader in blocked shots and third, I think, in scoring."

Quinton Wesley

Even with all of that athletic ability, football is the one sport that is garnering Wesley a lot of attention from college coaches, Looking at his junior year statistics it is easy to see why. "I had 49 solo tackles, 31 assists, seven sacks, six tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered," the upcoming senior notes.

Even though it is still early in the recruiting process, Wesley says he is already getting a ton of attention. "I am hearing from mostly everybody right now, most of the schools in the SEC, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Maryland in the ACC," he explains. "I have offers from North Carolina, Tulane, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Mississippi State."

For a lot of prospects all of those schools can be tough to sort through, but Wesley says he already has a pretty thin list. "My top five would be Auburn, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Oklahoma and then Tennessee and basically that is it right now," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers.

Wesley, who is a good student and shouldn't have trouble qualifying, says he wants to major in business or physical education and also notes that his education will come first when he is making his final college decision. "Academics, social society and then athletics are the things I'm looking at," he says.

The upcoming senior recently attended a football camp at Auburn, but was unable to test or take part in any of the practice sessions due to recent knee injury. Wesley was a standout, however, at the MSL combine held in his hometown of Atlanta in May and the knee problem is not considered serious.


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