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Atlanta defensive end Quinton Wesley says speed is his game, but is he fast enough for Oklahoma?


Quinton Wesley is one of those defensive ends that is always very busy. He is always busting off the edge and they force offensive teams to change their plan of attack away from him. Wesley will be a 3-year starter at defensive end and he has added 10 pounds each year over the last two years.

"My speed coming off the ball is what sets me apart," said Wesley. "I can make a big difference at defensive end or 'SAM' linebacker depending on how we line up."

Wesley finished last season with 40 solo tackles (30 assisted) seven sacks, six tackles for loss, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Wesley also doubles on offense as a tight end and offensive tackle, and he graded out at 90 percent on all of his blocking assignments at offensive tackle and also added 10 pancake blocks.

Wesley will play both ways this year for most of the game at defensive end and either at offensive tackle or tight end.

"We don't know where I am going to play on offense," said Wesley. "It all depends on how our offensive tackles shape up this season. If they can hold up then I will play tight end, but if they struggle then I will be back at tackle. I also deep snap for us and I play on all special teams. I never come out of the game, which is the only way I want to play."

Wesley can bench 265 pounds, squats 410 and he has posted a 27-inch vertical jump. He attended the MSL camp in Atlanta and Nike Camp at Georgia Tech. Quinton starts in hoops (10 ppg, 14 rbpg) and he runs track (4X100), second leg and he throws the shot and disc.

Mississippi and Tulane are the two schools who have offered Wesley at this point, but he is hearing from a number of other schools as well.

"Right now I am keeping an open mind because I am now trying to get a feel about who really wants to recruit me," said Wesley. "Right now I would say that I like Mississippi State, Auburn, Minnesota and Oklahoma the best.

"Oklahoma has told me that their defensive ends are explosive and can really run. They have told me to work very hard this summer, and if I can improve my speed just a little that they would recruit me. That is exactly what I am doing this summer and I feel that Oklahoma will recruit me during the season."

Wesley just finished up the Clemson camp and also camped at Middle Tennessee. This weekend Wesley is going to camp at Auburn and then he will go on an unofficial visit to Mississippi State.

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