Recruiting: OU offer makes impression on DE

Birmingham, Ala. defensive end Deantwan 'Peanut' Whitehead talks about his offer from Oklahoma.

Deantwan Whitehead, DE, 6'6, 245, 4.65, BIRMINGHAM (WEST END HS), ALABAMA:

They call him Peanut and that is what he totally goes by, but he is not a peanut on the field. This giant of a man lines up on the outside and gives every offense he plays against all they can handle.

Whitehead broke into the starting lineup as a freshman, but a torn ACL cost him all but four games a year ago. Such a great player usually doesn't go by the name Peanut, but he uses it for good reason.

"My grandmother gave me that name when I was little and it has stuck with me," said Peanut. "Everybody calls me Peanut from my Principal at school, to my coach, to all my teachers and friends. I sign my report cards and school work 'Peanut', but I use my real name to sign checks."

This season West End is 5-4 and they have made the playoffs. Peanut has put together an outstanding season with 105 tackles, 17 sacks and 15 tackles-for-loss, and he has scored three touchdowns off of fumble recoveries. So, he has totally recovered from the torn ACL in his left knee.

"I tore basically everything in my left knee," said Whitehead. "I recovered very fast going to rehab twice a day. I was actually back for the last half of basketball season. I don't have all my speed back yet. I was running 4.5 before the injury. The more I continue to work out the faster I am going to get."

Before his injury last season, Whitehead had eight sacks and 54 tackles. He can bench 295 pounds, squats 450 and has been a three-year starter in hoops averaging a double-double every game.

Peanut has been offered by 50 schools at this point and he is working to get his choices narrowed down.

"I have set up two visit with Louisville (11-26) and Arkansas (12-2)," said Whitehead. "I have no idea what other schools I am going to visit. I am still pretty open and looking at everybody."

Oklahoma offered Whitehead today and he has an interest in the Sooners.

"That was a big offer for me and that opens up recruiting a lot." more for me" said Whitehead. "The fact they offered me will help me narrow down my decision a lot. Oklahoma has won seven National Championships and they are one of the greatest programs in the history of college football.

"I didn't even know they knew about me. In fact, their first letter to me was an offer letter. I have always known about OU, but they are just now recruiting me so I am going to get to know them a whole lot better. There is a very good chance I will visit Oklahoma."

Peanut just took his ACT on Saturday and he is waiting to get back his test score.

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