Defender Visits Auburn And Meets Role Model

One of the state's top defensive end prospects talks about his trip to Auburn to watch the Tigers in action.

Birmingham, Ala.–-After injuring his knee in the fourth game of his junior season and missing the rest of the year, Whitehead knew that he would have to make some waves over the summer and early into his senior season to get the interest from top programs around the country. So far the 6-6, 225 defensive end with 4.65 speed has made some big ones.

Now holding 32 offers from some of the top football programs coast to coast, Whitehead has become a hot commodity for recruiters looking for a playmaker off the corner on defense. This past weekend Whitehead made the short trip to Auburn to watch the Tigers face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he enjoyed everything about the visit, especially meeting the player he patterns his game after who plays for the Tigers.

"I felt pretty good in the atmosphere," he says. "I really enjoyed myself down there. I'm trying to build a relationship with Stanley McClover if I decide to come down there. He's already my role model. I'm just trying to get closer to him. I talked with him before the game. I think he's a pretty mild-mannered guy and really down to earth. He just basically keeps it real. He's basically what you see is what you get."

Deantwan Whitehead

Known as ‘Peanut,' Whitehead liked his trip so much that he says he plans to go back this weekend to watch Auburn take on Mississippi State. When he visited last week he was joined by good friend Tim Hawthorne, one of the South's top wide receivers who plays at Homewood High. Whitehead says that having his friend around made the experience even better.

"That's my boy right there," Whitehead says of Hawthorne. "We had a pretty good time. We talked about can we see ourselves playing in an Auburn helmet next year? He said he definitely could so we're just going to see how it goes."

Even though he's got a large list, the big senior says that he doesn't have any favorites at the moment. With official visits scheduled to Arkansas (first weekend of December) and Louisville (Nov. 26) already he says he's unsure of where his remaining trips will be, but that everyone is still in the picture. "I haven't narrowed it down nor have I figured out any favorites," he notes.

Playing defensive end for West End, Whitehead has helped the Lions to a 1-1 start with his physical play on the line of scrimmage. In the opener against Ensley, a 21-16 victory, he had 12 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks and one blocked punt. In last week's game he added 12 tackles once again with five more for a loss. He also added one batted down pass and several quarterback pressures.

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