Orono DE Sean McWhirter Commits to Minnesota

Sean McWhirter, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Long Lake (Minn.) Orono who received a Minnesota Gophers offer in March has verballed committed to Minnesota, according to his mother Pam. McWhirter received a in-home visit from Minnesota head coach Glen Mason when he announced his desire to become a Gopher.

Sean McWhirter lead Orono to an 8-2 mark this season. They have won eight straight games after dropping the season opener to undefeated Farmington before falling to New Prague 7-6 in the Section finals.

Pam McWhirter said that it is nice to have the recruitment process behind them.

""I think it is nice to have it done. We wanted him to feel completely comfortable with his decision. we were not sure that he was going to commit last night. We had just told him that he needed to be comfrotable with his choice."

Pam McWhirter said that their relationship with the Minnesota coaches was a big reason for his commitment to the Gophers.

"We really liked the coaches. We really think that they are great guys. Sean is really looking forward to playing for Coach Bailey."

Orono head coach said that he was not surprised by McWhirter's college choice.

"I thought that he might make the choice earlier. We had talked a lot about last summer. He just wanted to keep his options. I though it would come a little earlier."

McWhirter was named to the Kare-11 TV and Star Tribune All-Metro Team as he had 71 tackles and 19 tackles for losses. 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.

McWhirter also played offensive guard and served as the team's long snapper besides his defensive duties.

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, Michigan State, Iowa State and Northwestern, accoridng to his father, Steve, who played at Nebraska from 1979 to '82. The family has sent out tapes recently to Michigan State, Purdue, Northwestern, Colorado, Kansas and Miami.

McWhirter attended the Iowa State-Baylor game and the Michigan State-Northwestern game in East Lansing. He was at most Minnesota games, including the home finale versus Michigan State and will go on his official visit to Minnesota December 2nd.

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 as a junior.

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

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