Buck (DE / Outside Linebacker)
6’3” / 238
A consensus three-star prospect out of Opelika High School, Whitlow was widely recruited across the country. Other SEC offers came from Kentucky, Florida and Mississippi St.
247 ranked him as the 29th best player in the state of Alabama and the 38th best weak side defensive end in the country for his 2014 class.
Whitlow appeared in all 12 games for the Gamecocks in 2015, primarily as a pass rushing specialist. He compiled 14 total tackles, 5 of which were for a loss and one sack. He earned three total starts versus Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
You won’t find Whitlow’s name on the post-spring depth chart, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play an important role for the Gamecocks in 2016. The fact that he gained experience in every game last season proves he has the talent and ability to become one of South Carolina’s more important defenders for year’s to come, and is someone you should expect the defensive coached to feature this season.
While he earned most of his experience in pass-rushing situations his true freshman season, look for Whitlow’s impact to grow as Coach Robinson and Muschamp find effective situations to utilize his perimeter speed.
Yes, Boosie is a nickname. Any guess as to what Whitlow’s real first name may be?