Rutgers Eyeing Red Bank Catholic's Whitlock

Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic's Doug Whitlock spent his junior season primarily at defensive end, but he is making the move back to his more familiar outside linebacker spot for his senior season. Rutgers is one of the schools checking in on the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Whitlock, who spoke to about his recruitment.

Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High's Doug Whitlock played defensive end as a junior because it was the best way to get the top personnel on the field for the Caseys, but he is returning to his natural outside linebacker for the 2011 season.

He is also hoping the switch helps out his recruitment. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Whitlock is hearing from Iowa, Miami and Rutgers.

"(Rutgers) has been trying to get me up to campus for (a tour) and for camp, but I don't have anything set yet," Whitlock said. "I think I'm going to Miami camp in June and then I'll probably go up to Rutgers eventually."

Meanwhile, Whitlock is also speaking with Iowa linebackers coach Darrell Wilson.

"Last time I talked to Iowa, I was talking to the linebackers coach, and he was talking about playing outside linebacker," Whitlock said. "Up until (2010) I played outside linebacker, but I was moved to defensive end to help the team but it's not my favorite position."

Even with the position change, Whitlock made 86 tackles, including 4 ½ sacks. He also spent time playing tight end, and although North Carolina-bound Jack Tabb was the focal point of the passing game, Whitlock made six catches for 96 yards.

However, schools are recruiting him to play defense, and his year on the defensive line did teach him a lesson that should serve him well as he moves back to linebacker.

"The sacrifice you spill so the linebacker can fill the hole and make the play," Whitlock said. "It's talking a lot about team defense. It's way more physical. You're making contact every play."

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