DE Prospect Says Visit Was "Almost Perfect"

This standout defender talks about his visit to Auburn over the weekend and what Stanley McClover turning pro means to him.

Birmingham, Ala.--One of the country's top defensive end prospects, Deantwan Whitehead of West End High School, took a visit to Auburn over the weekend and he says that his trip was everything he was looking for as he gets continues to check out his list of colleges before announcing his decision on Feb. 1.

"It was pretty good," Whitehead tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I enjoyed it. I was pretty satisfied with my trip. Everything stood out to me. I just needed to see more of the academic side of things.

"I already knew about the program as far as the facilities go and all that," notes Whitehead, whose nickname is "Peanut." "I needed to know more about the academics and what they had to offer. I wanted to see the part I was planning to major in (business). I just needed to see the types of business programs and more about that.

"Overall I would give the visit at 9 1/2 (out of 10)," he adds. "It was almost perfect."

Whitehead is a prospect who looks to be physically ready to play next season on the college level.

Hosted by defensive end Quentin Groves, the 6-6, 245 Whitehead had a chance to spend quality time with several of the players expected to see playing time for the Tigers next season. He says that one of the players leaving though is perhaps the biggest edge for Auburn at the moment.

"I already knew him (Quentin) because I have a pretty good relationship with Stanley (McClover)," Whitehead says. "I had talked to Stanley when I was down there and he called me and sent me text messages a few times."

McClover was the only Auburn underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft.

Earlier in the recruiting process Whitehead struck up a friendship with McClover after taking an unofficial visit to Auburn to see the Tigers in action. After talking with him the last few months Whitehead says while it would have been great to play with him at Auburn, not having him around is just as big a draw for the Tigers.

"It helps them out a whole lot," Whitehead says. "I know if he would have stayed then the first day I committed I would have been his backup. Now it gives me a chance to have a huge impact if I decide to go there."

Having already visited Louisville, Whitehead says that he plans to take two more trips before making his decision. He'll visit Tennessee next weekend and is also scheduled to visit Alabama on Jan. 27. He says after that he'll make his decision and then let everyone know on signing day along with his good friend Tim Hawthorne.

"I'll make my decision on Tuesday (Jan. 31)," Whitehead says. "Then me and Tim Hawthorne (Homewood High wide receiver) will have a press conference at the Wynfrey (hotel) on signing day."

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