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Andre Whitmire now favors Wake Forest and Duke solidly over North Carolina State, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. "Wake Forest always produces good linebackers," Whitmire said. "I really like their defense." Whitmire has already visited the Demon Deacons and liked what he saw. "It's a nice place. I really like the coaches a lot. They seem nice and down-to-earth. I also like how good..."

Andre Whitmire, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, S.C., finished his junior season with 130 tackles and five sacks which has led to five scholarship offers.

Ranked as the No. 35 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Whitmire says he has offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Stanford, Air Force and Marshall.

He now favors Wake Forest and Duke solidly over North Carolina State, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

"Wake Forest always produces good linebackers," he said. "I really like their defense."

Whitmire has already had a chance to visit the Demon Deacons and liked what he saw. "It's a nice place," he said. "I really like the coaches a lot. They seem nice and down-to-earth. I also like how good the education there is."

He says that both Wake and Duke are recruiting him the hardest.

"Duke has really nice facilities," he said. "They're up-and-coming and the football program is getting better and better.

"Plus, they are losing some linebackers and I think I could hit the field early there," he said.

Whitmire has also visited both South Carolina and Georgia Tech and although he says he'll try to go to a few camps in July, he doesn't have any planned yet.

"South Carolina really wants me to come to their camp," he said. "I think if I did they'd offer. We'll see…I haven't really talked to them too much."

He also attended the Georgia Tech Junior Day. "I really liked it," Whitmire said. "I got to know them (the coaches) pretty well and got a good feel for the program. It felt like a good place to be."

Whitmire says the Yellow Jackets didn't give him any indication of whether or not they'll offer him. He also admits that North Carolina State isn't recruiting him very hard.

Growing up Whitmire says he never followed a specific school.

"I want to make sure that the school offers my major (engineering)," he said. "I'd also like to play early and really fit in with all the players. I'd prefer to be somewhere close to home so that I can get around back and forth easily."

Whitmire says he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, but will likely wait to see who else offers him.

He finished his junior season with 130 tackles and five sacks.

"I can clog the middle," Whitmire said. "I got to the ball quickly and I just play my role well. I just do my job."

He says he can bench 275-pounds, squat 425 and has a 29-inch vertical jump.

"I want to be more of a leader on the field," he said. "I want to improve my quickness and strength."

Whitmire plans to major in engineering and reports a 3.3 core GPA. He took the SAT on June 6 and is still waiting on the results.


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