"Peanut" Whitehead Has to Miss Big Game

Deantwan Whitehead talks about why he couldn't make the trip to the Iron Bowl and when he plans on narrowing his list of college choices.

Birmingham, Ala.—Deantwan "Peanut" Whitehead has been the fastest rising player in the Scout.com recruiting rankings this year.

The 6-6, 245-pound defensive end from West End High School was held out of action as a junior due to a knee injury, but once the recruiting analysts got to watch senior video on the athletic defensive end his stock began to rise and he quickly was listed as a five-star prospect due to his combination of size, speed off the corner and toughness on the field.

As a senior, Whitehead recorded 125 tackles, 25 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss from his defensive end position.

On the recruiting front, Whitehead wasn't receiving a lot of early attention from in-state schools and made an early commitment to Clemson. However, once his stock began to rise, he re-opened his recruitment and has been checking out a large number of colleges, including Alabama and Auburn.

"Peanut," who has taken unofficial visits to both Auburn and Alabama this season, was scheduled to visit the Auburn campus to watch the Iron Bowl over the weekend, but says circumstances forced him to change his plans.

"I didn't make the trip," Whitehead says. "We had a family emergency. I did get to see some of the game in bits and pieces on TV."

As for his thoughts about the game, Whitehead does not pull any punches. "One team came to play and one didn't," he says about the way the Tigers overpowered the Tide.

Currently, the talented recruit has official visits set to Louisville and Arkansas, but explains that he is not sure which colleges he will check out on the other three.

"I am still looking at everyone else for the final three visits," he says. "I am going to start narrowing things down more sometime next week."

He adds that he is still planning to make his final decision on a college choice on national signing day, which has been the plan for sometime.

Despite playing well and having a strong statistical output during his senior season, Whitehead says that he feels like he could have done more for his team, especially with West End dropping a tough game in the first round of the playoffs to end their season.

He adds that the biggest thing he wants to improve on heading into the college game is his strength and that he is working hard on that during the offseason.

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