Whitner Working In Columbus

The Ohio State Buckeyes could still land some new troops to help shore up their defensive tackle spot this winter. Find out what former Cleveland Glenville lineman DaWawn Whitner has planned for the fall and when he could potentially join the roster.

DaWawn Whitner is in Columbus. Now, if things go according to plan, he might be at Ohio State by the time the calendar turns over to next year.

The former Cleveland Glenville defensive tackle has enrolled in classes at nearby Columbus State with the goal of transferring to the Buckeyes once spring quarter is completed.

For Whitner, classes began Sept. 24.

"I have to go to Columbus State for a quarter," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "Then once I have enough credits I'll transfer over to Ohio State. It's working pretty good. Things are going smoothly so far. I have to maintain a 3.0 and then I'll be able to come over as a Buckeye."

A former two-star tackle prospect as ranked by Scout.com, Whitner is the younger brother of former OSU safety Donte Whitner – now a member of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. After failing to qualify academically, Whitner did not sign with a college this past February.

Now, with the help of Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel, the younger Whitner is hoping to find himself enrolled in classes at OSU.

"Coach Tressel is just telling me to keep my head in the books and keep my head up and don't be down," he said. "I was telling him how I didn't think I was going to college, so he talked to me and told me to keep my head up, go to class every day, be on time, stay fit, stay in shape. I'm doing pretty good."

While the Tarblooders had a number of current players in Ohio Stadium for OSU's Big Ten opener against Minnesota on Sept. 27, they were not the only uncommitted players from Glenville in attendance. Whitner was there as well.

Whitner said he works out daily with a couple of friends. When he is not working out, the 6-2, 310-pound Whitner said he spends all of his time studying.

He is hoping to be joined by fellow tackle Shawntel Rowell, who initially was a member of OSU's 2008 recruiting class and took summer courses at the school before learning he did not have a qualifying ACT score.

Rowell and Whitner keep in close touch, Whitner said.

"We speak every day over the Internet or on Facebook," he said. "He's working for Coach Ginn. He's keeping him around so he doesn't get lost. He has to pick up a few more points on his ACT score and then he'll be down here in September."

Should the duo make it to OSU this winter, they will be two more parts of the 2007 Glenville starting defensive line to arrive in Columbus. Current OSU freshman running back Jermil Martin was a lineman for the Tarblooders that season, as was 2009 OSU verbal commitment Jonathan Newsome.

The thought of all four players reuniting as Buckeyes is helping drive Whitner, he said.

"It's going to be crazy," he said. "We're going to come out here to play next year and it's going to be hard to stop us. We all know each other so well. It's going to be pretty cool."

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