Most kids with 20 football scholarships don’t spend the summer auditioning for additional ones.
Kenderius Whitehead, the defensive end from Monroe Area High School, is not one of those kids.
Despite having to take the ACT test on Saturday morning, Whitehead still rushed over to Georgia to participate in the Mark Richt football camp.
It ended up being worth the effort, as Whitehead said he was offered after the camp by UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
“He [Grantham] told me, ‘You’re a very high-motor player. We see you on our team helping us win games. We want you to be a Dawg.’ He said I reminded him of [NFL Pro Bowl OLB] DeMarcus Ware when he coached for the Dallas Cowboys.”
UGA offered Whitehead at outside linebacker, while he is also being recruited by many schools at defensive end. Whitehead has 20 offers, including Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Arkansas. He says Georgia Tech is one of his favorites but has not announced any overall leaders.
“It was very exciting to get a Georgia offer,” Whitehead said. “It’s my hometown and people from my family love Georgia. I love the coaches, and it was a blessing.”
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Whitehead said he was hanging out on Saturday night with his high school teammate, Stephon Tuitt, who signed with Notre Dame last February.
Back to Kenderius and camp: Holding around 20 offers, what made him want to spend a brutally hot summer afternoon at the camp of a college that had not offered?
“I wanted to compete,” Whitehead said.
“I want to go to camps, learn things, and be the best player that I can be. The coaches at Georgia taught me how to do some things. It was worth it. Getting the offer really made it worth it. And, yes, I really wanted a Georgia offer.”
Whitehead said his only other concrete summer plans were to attend camp at Florida — which has also not offered a scholarship.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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