Whitehead: It's a defensive end school

Deantwan 'Peanut' Whitehead, Scout.com's No.3 defensive end prospect in the country, talks about his interest in Louisville, the possibility that he'll leave his home state of Alabama and more.

Rated by Scout.com as a 5-star and the nation's No.3 defensive end prospect, Deantwan Whitehead of Birmingham (Ala.) West End High School will take any recruiting class to another level with his verbal commitment. And, while his commitment likely won't come until national signing day, when he hopes to join Scout.com's Jamie Newberg and Scott Kennedy on the Fox Sports South program 'Countdown to Signing Day' to announce his decision, Louisville is one program that figures to remain under consideration until the final day.

Whitehead, who first told Inside The Ville about his intentions to make an official visit to Louisville in early September, will do so the weekend of November 25th, when the Cardinals host Syracuse for it's final home game of the year.

Louisville, along with Arkansas, are currently the only scheduled official visits for Whithead.

"You're guess is as good as mine right now," he replied when asked which other school's may get official visits. "It's really hard to figure out - I just don't know yet."

In-state schools Alabama and Auburn, along with Georgia and Clemson, all remain under strong consideration.

"It's up in the air if I will leave the state or not right now," he said. "If I leave the state it will be because I want a new surrounding and want to meet new people."

Should Louisville secure a commitment from the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Whitehead, it will do so in part because of the play of current Cardinal Elvis Dumervil and the success of previous ends at U of L.

"That's a defensive end school," he said of Louisville. "Everybody thought it was a wide receiver school, but they have had some good defensive ends too."

Whitehead has helped his West End team reach the playoffs, where he has a simple goal.

"Keep winning games of course."

Heading into the playoffs, Whitehead's regular season statistics will draw anyone's attention.

"I have over 20 sacks and like 110 tackles," said Whitehead, who has an additional 20 tackles for a loss and three touchdowns scored off of fumble recoveries.

Whitehead, who is known to most by the nickname 'Peanut', recently took the ACT and is awaiting the return of his test score.


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