Gators’ Rumph high on Darius Whitfield

The two-way lineman will be making a college decision soon.

The time is coming for Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul’s Episcopal to make a decision about what college he will be attending. With dozens of opportunities, Whitfield has currently limited the field to five possibilities and will be making his decision known on October 13.

One of the big programs on his short list is Florida. The Gators have been on Whitfield a while and the recruiter on him most is defensive line coach Chris Rumph. It’s clear that Rumph loves big and nasty linemen that aren’t afraid to work and that’s what you get with Whitfield.

“I talk to Coach Rumph,” Whitfield told “He likes my athleticism, how I move so good for my size, my pass rush, and stuff.”

Rumph sees Whitfield along the same lines as current Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard and past super stars like Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd. All three could play defensive end or the three-technique tackle. Their size and tenacity allow them the ability to play in a crowd.

Whitfield has visited the Gators and he likes the whole community and program.

“I like the Gators, the atmosphere is great,” he said.

He also gets a kick out of the fact that a few Alabama prospects are already committed. Two of them, running back Lamical Perine and linebacker Jeremiah Moon are good friends.

“Yeah, me and Perine are like brothers,” Whitfield said. “I do know Jeremiah, but I haven’t really talked to the other guy yet.”

He thinks the Gators under first year head coach Jim McElwain, an offensive minded coach, will still have a very strong defense.

“I feel like they are going to be strong with that secondary to anchor it,” Whitfield said.

The other four schools on Whitfield’s list are Miami, LSU, Missouri, and South Carolina. We asked him to give us a short answer on what he likes about each program.

Miami: “They are legendary.”

LSU: “I love LSU.”

Missouri: “Missouri has really been putting out defensive linemen, so that stands out to me.”

South Carolina: “Clowney… and South Carolina is a great place.”

Whitfield spent the summer just trying to be a more mature player and grow in every facet of his game. He and his school are off to a great start with a big 51-28 win over St. Stanislaus, where he had six tackles (2 for loss) and six pancakes on offense.

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