DB Whitner seems destined for NFL

Updated: September 26, 2002, 12:15 PM ET
By by Tom Lemming, football recruiting analyst | football recruiting analyst
My No. 23 prospect -- DB Donte Whitner (5-11, 178, 4.3) of Cleveland (Glenville), Ohio -- is one of the nation's premier CBs and a true prep superstar. I first saw him in January at the U.S. Army All-American game's combine, where he ran a dazzling 4.43 40, the best time of any prospect there.

He's played FS the past two seasons, showing outstanding range and instincts. He can close on ball carriers with the best of defenders and hits like a linebacker. He's one of those difference-maker type of players who you know will wind up in the pros, and is possibly the best player Glenville has ever had.

Most scouts believe he'll be switched to CB, but I believe he could make a big difference at any DB position. He's an exceptional pass defender with the size and hitting ability to become an All-American at the college level. I was impressed with his skill at finding the ball and staying with the fastest receivers in the state.