Name: Justin Whaley
Hometown: Wilson, North Carolina
High School: Wilson Hunt High School
Position: Defensive Lineman
Notes: Whaley started at defensive tackle for Wilson (NC) Hunt, recording 45 tackles, eight sacks, and five fumble recoveries as a junior. Standing 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, Whaley has been timed at 5.1 in the 40-yard dash and pointed out that he is being recruited to play on the other side of the ball at NC State.
"State recruited me for the offensive line," said Whaley. "I'm going to play offensive guard. That's fine with me, I'll do whatever is best for the team.
|"I've got to keep learning the technique, but I know I can do it."|
"They asked me to play offensive guard at camp, and they liked me there. I've got to keep learning the technique, but I know I can do it because I played it my first two years in high school. I didn't play last year because my team needed me more on defense, but I'm going to try and do both ways this year if I can."
Whaley was receiving interest from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Duke prior to committing to NC State.
SCOUTING REPORT: NC State has had a lot of success under Chuck Amato when moving high school defensive linemen to the offensive line, and that seems to be the plan for Whaley, a high school defensive tackle. Players such as Shane Riggs, Sean Locklear, Dwayne Herndon, and Leroy Harris all benefited from the move, and like them Whaley has a lot of upside as an offensive line prospect.
A high-motor guy, Whaley plays with great intensity and has good explosion out of his stance. He likes to get into the offensive backfield and disrupt plays while going straight ahead. A lean 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, he has the frame to put on another 40 pounds after a redshirt year, and projects as an offensive guard on the next level. With quick feet, good strength, and the nasty attitude needed to play in the trenches, Whaley's best days are ahead of him once he makes the permanent move to offensive line.
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