Damion Whittington: Likes the Horns

Despite having 18 commitments, the Longhorns still haven't addressed needs at defensive end and linebacker. It appears that the Texas coaching staff wants to bring in at least one more linebacker and will likely look out-of-state. Lynn Katoa is the most likely choice, but another west coast prospect likes the Longhorns as well.

"It's okay. I think it has kind of slowed down a little bit," Norco, California linebacker Damion Whittington said about recruiting.

Whittington has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but he is drawing interest from USC, Boston College and Colorado. Whittington's uncle, Sam Cunningham, played at USC, so it comes as no surprise that the Trojans are one of his top schools.

"Kind of," Whittington said when asked if USC was his overall favorite. "I think they are kind of tied with Oregon right now."

"With USC, I like their coaches. I feel like they have good tradition. I just like the way they compete every day," Whittington said.

"Oregon has been a school that I liked since I was a kid. I always liked their colors and everything about them. I haven't talked with their coaches, but I hear good things about them. I like the environment and the weather. I like the rain," Whittington added.

Another school that Whittington has grown fond of over the years is Texas. He likes the way the defense performs every year and the family atmosphere in Austin.

"I've been noticing over the last couple of years that their defense is always highly ranked in the NCAA," Whittington said.

Whittington would like to hear from the Longhorn coaching staff, but no communication has been established at this point in time.

"I've never talked with them," Whittington said. "I'm not sure if my coaches have or not."

Whittington has never been to the Lone Star State, but he is planning on making a trip to Houston next month for a combine.

"I'm going down there (Houston) next month for a combine," Whittington said.

Whittington hasn't decided whether or not he will visit Austin in the future and is still in the process of deciding where he wants to go to camp this summer.

"I've gotten stuff on camps, but I am going to wait until summer to make a decision on where I am going," Whittington said.

The 6-foot-2.5, 223-pound Whittington recorded 116 tackles and two interceptions in helping Norco to the 2006 CIF-SS title during his junior season.


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