"I Wish I Had Another One"

This prospect has flown under the radar screen but is expected to visit Auburn this coming weekend.

Fairhope, Ala.--Coach Mark Lasseter has seen his fair share of top flight high school football players at stops like Benjamin Russell High and Alma Bryant High along the way to his current job at Fairhope. So when he says a player can get the job done you better believe his words because they are probably true.

That's why when he talks about tight end Alan Whitney in glowing terms it's no wonder that in addition to Auburn, many college coaches have begun to travel to South Alabama to see him in person. Being recruited by major colleges as a football player and getting some interest in basketball, the 6-5, 245-pound Whitney has made a deep impression on his head coach since the two first worked together four years ago when Lasseter was at Alma Bryant High.

"He's started for me all three years," Lasseter says of Whitney. "He's a good athlete, a good all-around athlete. Six-five is a good size, but in SEC basketball there are point guards that are 6-5 so he's not getting a lot of attention at the Division I level in basketball, but in football he is."

After coaching for two seasons at Alma Bryant Lasseter moved on to Fairhope, but it wasn't until a year later that Whitney and his family moved to Fairhope to finish his career with Lasseter.

"At Alma Bryant he started for me as a freshman and a sophomore," he notes. "He played left tackle. At Bryant we weren't running much tight end sets. We changed the format a little bit here (Fairhope) and when Alan came over we put him directly at tight end because I knew I wanted to get the ball to him. He also played some defensive end and defensive tackle for us this year as well."

Scheduled to be in Auburn this weekend for an official visit, Whitney is also being recruited by several schools around the South, says Lasseter. He mentions that Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, Louisville, UAB and Central Florida have all expressed a great deal of interest in the big tight end with speed in the 4.6 range for the 40-yard dash.

"Alan has really good hands and moves really well for a big man," Lasseter notes. "He plays center on our basketball team and runs the floor real well. When you see him do that it makes you realize how well he moves on the football field. He's not afraid to catch the ball and take a lick. He's also quite a blocker. He's everything you're looking for in a tight end and has been a real good player for us. I wish I had another one."

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