Minnesota DE drawing attention

Sean McWhirter is receiving interest from Wisconsin; CycloneNation.com update details his interest in Iowa State

Orono High School defensive end Sean McWhirter (Long Lake, Minn.) is seeing his stock rise as schools across the Midwest have taken notice. McWhirter (6-foot-2, 245 pounds, 4.72 40-yard dash) should see offers start to pour in once he begins his senior season.

McWhirter currently has two scholarship offers.

"I have been offered by Iowa State and Minnesota," he said. "I haven't narrowed down my list yet, but I do know that Iowa State will receive an official visit."

Minnesota was the first offer for McWhirter. Schools that are recruiting McWhirter, but are yet to offer include Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Northwestern.

McWhirter is currently being recruited by ISU assistant head coach/tight ends coach Terry Allen.

"Coach Allen is currently recruiting me from Iowa State," he said. "I really like Coach Allen. He's a real nice guy and very straightforward with me about my recruitment. He seems like he'd be a great coach to play for. I talk to Coach Allen a good bit via e-mail."

McWhirter has also had a few opportunities to speak to ISU head coach Dan McCarney.

"Coach McCarney is a great guy as well," McWhirter said. "He seems to really care about you as a person and not just a player. I have discussed both football and academics with him. He has told me personally that I'm one of their top targets at [defensive end]."

Sean had an opportunity a few months back to visit the Ames Campus and shared his thoughts on the visit.

"It was a great trip," he said. "I really like the campus layout and the indoor facility was probably the biggest one I've ever seen. On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate the visit a seven or eight."

While on the trip, Sean had another opportunity to speak to the ISU coaching staff. "I had a chance to see Coach Allen and Coach McCarney on my visit," he said. "They were about to go into a meeting and I talked with them briefly about my recruitment. They asked if I would come back after the meeting and when I went back they called me into the conference room and offered me."

The school McWhirter chooses will have a few qualities.

"I must feel comfortable with the coaching staff at the school I choose," he said. "You spend a lot of time with those guys so you need to be comfortable with them. Strength and conditioning program is also a big key, I want a school that has a good workout program. I also want to attend a school with good academics."

When will McWhirter make his decision? "My decision will come as soon as I feel comfortable with a school and their coaching staff. That decision may come at any time."

McWhirter knows of one camp that he'll be attending this summer. "I'll be camping at Iowa," he said. "Iowa hasn't offered me and I'm not sure that they will because the Iowa coaching staff has told me that they are only looking for one [defensive end] in the 2006 class."

McCarney has extended an invitation to McWhirter to attend the Iowa State Camp being held this summer, but has told him that he has nothing to prove to them.

Last season, McWhirter finished with 113 tackles, 16 of those being for loss. He also had nine sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was awarded all-conference, defensive most valuable player, and all-state honorable mention as a junior. He and his Orono teammates finished 5-4, capping their season with a loss in the sectionals.

McWhirter is fully academically qualified as he carries a 3.3 grade-point average and a score of 23 on the ACT.

Check out video on Sean McWhirter here.


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