St. Louis Prospect Trips

<b>Aaron Whittington</b>, a St. Louis defensive end/linebacker prospect with some Southern California ties and a liking for UCLA, will take his official visit this weekend...

Aaron Whittington, 6-3, 210, 4.6, St. Louis (Missouri) Hazelwood East, confirmed Tuesday night that he will be taking an official visit to UCLA this weekend. This is Whittington's second official visit, and he has no more scheduled at this time.


Whittington visited Illinois in December. "I liked it. I had a good time there," he said.


He is being pursued by a number of schools, with offers from UCLA, Illinois, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin and Indiana. Asked if he is considering taking any other official visits, Whittington said, "Not right now. I will see what happens this weekend and then decide if I need to take any more trips."


Whittington, who has followed UCLA for some time,  has some strong ties to Southern Califronia, with his brother living in Studio City. He visited Los Angeles last spring for the Nike Camp, and had the opportunity to unofficially visit UCLA and meet with UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi. The fact that Bernardi was retained was not lost on Whittington. He said, "He is a nice guy. I had a great time when I was out there in the spring."


After his senior season when he finished with 103 tackles and 13 sacks, Whittington was one of the most honored defensive linemen in Missouri, being named 1st team All-State and 1st team All-County. Even though in the past he played some tight end, Whittington had the luxury of being on a team that is so talented he does not need to play on the offensive side of the ball this season, so he could concentrate on showing his talent as a speed rusher.


He is a teammate of defensive lineman Jamal Cooper, who committed to Wisconsin in December. Cooper had plans to visit UCLA along with Whittington this weekend, but since his commitment to Wisconsin, those plans are uncertain.  Whittington said he was unsure whether Cooper will be visiting UCLA this weekend.


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