Orono DE Sean McWhirter Has Three Offers

Sean McWhirter, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Long Lake (Minn.) Orono, received a Minnesota Gophers offer in March and has gotten plenty of Midwest interest. McWhirter had 113 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior. He was named all-conference, defensive MVP, All-State honorable mention as a junior as he led the Spartans in tackles as they finished 5-4. GoldenSports.net caught up with his father, Steve, to find out the latest on this talented defensive standout.

Sean McWhirter has led Orono to a 5-1 start as they have won five straight games after dropping the season opener to undefeated Farmington.

McWhirter has 40 tackles and 14 tackles for loss in five games this season. He missed the Columbia Heights game due to a concussion.

McWhirter attended camps at Minnesota, Iowa State, Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue. He also attended a team camp at South Dakota. McWhirter had hoped to attend camp at Notre Dame and Nebraska, but was unable to, due to a hectic summer which included a week at a church camp. McWhirter was also slowed this summer by an injury suffered during track season.

McWhirter received scholarship offers from Minnesota, Colorado State and Iowa State. His father, Steve, who played at Nebraska from 1979 to '82, said that tapes were sent out recently to Michigan State, Purdue, Northwestern, Colorado, Kansas and Miami.

McWhirter attended the Iowa State-Baylor game this past weekend. They had a good time, despite a loss by the Cyclones.

"It was a good trip, not too far away," Steve said.

McWhirter plans to attend the Minnesota-Wisconsin game this weekend. However, Steve was not certain that he could make the game as he might go pheasant hunting with a client in South Dakota. Steve works for a small investment bank.

McWhirter will go to the Michigan State-Northwestern game in two weeks in East Lansing.

McWhirter was named All-Conference, defensive MVP, and all-state honorable mention as a junior.

McWhirter put the shot, threw discus and ran the 100- and 400-yard dash and competed on the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay this past season.

McWhirter is undecided about a college major, but is considering business or criminal justice.

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