It looks like Oscar Smith head coach Richard Morgan could have another top notch recruit on his hands. After producing 7 players that earned football scholarships including Virginia Tech signee Greg Boone for the 2005 class, Morgan now has Brian Whitmore for 2006. Whitmore is a defensive end recruit who has already received several Division 1-A offers.
“He’s got offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland,” Morgan said. “Tech and Maryland are in writing and West Virginia and Penn State said they’re coming in writing. I know North Carolina is very close to offering because they called the other day. I just got done sending a tape to Miami. Miami called and said they wanted a tape so I sent one out. He’ll probably have around a dozen offers to choose from.”
As a junior this past season, Whitmore tallied 75 tackles including 10 sacks and 9 tackles-for-loss. He returned an interception for a touchdown in the regional championship game versus Landstown and batted 5 passes down at the line of scrimmage. For his performance, he earned first-team all-district, first-team all-region and honorable mention all-state honors at defensive.
A good offensive lineman, Whitmore earned first-team all-district and all-region honors at offensive tackle.
“He ended up grading out as our best offensive lineman this year,” Morgan said. “For us he’s doing everything, but in college I think defense is the best thing for him.”
In Morgan’s eyes, Whitmore projects as a rush defensive end that could play in pass coverage.
“He’s 6-4, 250 and he runs a 4.6, so everybody’s saying defense because why waste all that speed at an offensive line position,” Morgan said. “Some schools, based on their defensive alignment, see him as an outside backer and of course most schools want him as a rush defensive end. It’s just a matter of what defensive style they run.”
Morgan believes Whitmore has the frame to get bigger, but still sees him as a rush defensive end as opposed to a player that could play anywhere along the defensive line.
“I probably see him going back and forth between outside backer and rush defensive end,” Morgan said. “I would picture him as a rush defensive end and then they drop him back in coverage in a zone blitz. I can see him doing that. He’s so tall and lanky that I don’t see him getting down into a nose or an inside tackle...
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