DL Planning Return Trip to Auburn

Defensive tackle prospect Jeffrey Whitaker has plenty of options regarding his choice on where to play his college football.

Warner Robins, Ga.--Defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker says he believes less will be more when it comes to his senior football season and he has been working in the offseason to make that happen.

Standing six-foot-three and one-half inches tall, Whitaker currently tips the scales at 300 pounds. That is down 13 pounds from when he took a visit to the Auburn campus in early April.

When he returns to Auburn for a one-day camp later this month, he expects to weigh even less.

"I am working hard as I don't know what," Whitaker tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have dropped about 23 pounds and I have gotten a lot stronger in the weight room."

By the time he lines up for his first game of his senior season at Warner Robins High School, the defensive tackle hopes to be even lighter. "I know I will be able to get to around 295 pounds and my goal weight is to get to 290."

He should be quicker weighing in the 290s, but he won't be sacrificing strength. Whitaker notes that even though he hasn't maxed out on his lifts recently, he can bench press 425 pounds and can do 585 pounds on his squat.

The rising senior notes he is doing the best training of his life and hopes to be in prime shape this fall as he expects to play at least part-time on the offensive line in addition to his normal starting duties on defense.

"I have just been visiting with my family, chillin' and working out and haven't gone anywhere on recruiting trips," he says of what he has been doing this summer. "I am going to be up at Auburn this month on the 18th." He made the trip in for a visit three months ago and says he enjoyed spending time with Auburn's defensive line coach, Tracy Rocker.

Jeffrey Whitaker

Whitaker is literally being recruited from coast to coast and notes that he is still considering a variety of colleges. "I am just looking around," he says. "I know I am interested in Auburn, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, Cal and others."

The defensive lineman doesn't appear to be in a hurry to pick a college. He plans to take unofficial visits this fall to check out college games.

The lineman says he is in good shape academically. "I am not an honor student, but I am good enough," he says, noting that he is interested in business management as a college major.

Formerly a two-sport athlete who played basketball, he concentrates on football now. "I have been working a lot on my pass rush moves," Whitaker points out. "I have been concentrating on moving my hands, my rip move and this and that. When you are in shape you can do a lot of that stuff and I am working hard to make sure I am in good shape."

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