Kenderius Whitehead offered by UGA after reminding coach of DeMarcus Ware

Kenderius Whitehead has UGA and Georgia Tech offers

Kenderius Whitehead has UGA and Georgia Tech offers

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.

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84 comments Add your comment

Dream Teamer

June 11th, 2011
11:29 pm

Kenderius come on and join the “Dream Team”!!!

Jwall

June 11th, 2011
11:33 pm

Just wanted to say keep up the great work Michael and GO DAWGS!!!

gt45

June 11th, 2011
11:42 pm

Go with your heart, Buddy!

Luke

June 11th, 2011
11:48 pm

Enjoy recruitment and keep your head on straight. Don’t commit anyone while you’re still during the summer before your senior year. Test the waters and get free stuff! Its how the game is played.

ATLANTA GEORGIA, USA

June 12th, 2011
12:02 am

bring e’m up to UGA

Tide Roll

June 12th, 2011
12:30 am

Great talent in a great state coached by really good High School Coaches. Talent at Richt’s doorstep with little in-state competition. The UGA job has got to be the best gig in the Country!! Absolutely no excuse for Florida’s dominance for over two decades, or for the mediocre performances over the past years. Richt/Bobo should return their paychecks. Auburn currently has 5 African-American coaches on their staff that recruit AND COACH lights out. Come on Georgia, get with it. Must you always pull up the rear!?

.

June 12th, 2011
12:48 am

Tide Roll — Thanks for your predictable and gratutious racial references. You really do define the term moron.

aarh

June 12th, 2011
3:34 am

Tide Roll- Yeah, Georgia does have a lot of talent in state, but it’s not like that’s the only state w/ a lot of talent. FLs. one of the few states that has more. So, while I do think UGA should have been doing better against FL. It’s not like FL. doesn’t have even more talent to choose from. So, I don’t think your statement makes a whole lot of sense. If you went by the amount of talent in certain states such as Fl., then teams like that would rarely lose. The fact of the matter is that a lot of teams have talent & are loaded…not just teams like UGA that have a lot of talent to chose from in their home state.

Stinger2

June 12th, 2011
3:42 am

Whitehead said that GT is one of his faviorites. Great news for the Jackets. Maybe we will get lucky if he choses to draw straws from among the 20 offers he has.

JAWJeRDAWG

June 12th, 2011
6:45 am

Don’t know what Kenderius Whitehead’s dream position to play in college is, but with the limited scholarships UGA has remaining for 2012, if Georgia is recruiting him at OLB, then he must have the motor skills and talent necessary for that position.

Glad Kenderius came to campus to show off his talent, and, if he wanted an offer, I’m glad the Dawgs did. Whatever choice you make for your future, young man, good luck to you. If Georgia offered you, then I hope you chose UGA. .. Go Dawgs!

UGASlobberknocker

June 12th, 2011
6:47 am

Michael, this is a good policy

“”hate-filled, harassing and irresponsible comments are unacceptable.”

Now if we could just also ban moronic comments we could have quite a few losers drop off of this board..including Harvey Updike’s illegitimate son, Tide Roll.

JAWJeRDAWG

June 12th, 2011
7:03 am

Man, ‘choose’ UGA – future tense. It’s early. .. Go Dawgs!

And though I too, like some others have posted, would have preferred a more positive Georgia headline for some of these weekend articles, like the Collin Barber commitment to UGA, thanks for the continued updates.

Looking forward to some positive revealing commitments tomorrow; hopefully. .. Go Dawgs!

Brown Dog

June 12th, 2011
7:03 am

Arghhh, Florida does have more players . . . but it has far more top-tier programs fighting over them, too.

With Tech’s recruiting problems, Georgia has its pick of one of the most-talent rich breakfast bars anywhere. Sort of like LSU . . . except LSU gets almost all the great players out of Louisiana. Would be interesting to really break down Miles’ recruiting operation vs. Mark Richt’s.

Destin Dawg

June 12th, 2011
7:16 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education plus Big Time Sports ” in beautiful college town.. Athens, Ga… Kids that stay in State.. close to support groups.. friends and family… generally do better in school and life after football…. Go Dawgs !!!!

JAWJeRDAWG

June 12th, 2011
7:19 am

It was also great to see Georgia offered the 6-foot-6, 375-pound monster offensive lineman, Brandon Hill, from JUCO Collierville State (Tenn) on Saturday, who had come to the weekend try out, likes Coach Friend’s coaching abilities and teaching style, and wanted an UGA offer.

Hopefully, that bodes well for UGA and continuing its efforts to build a great 2012 signing class! .. Go Dawgs!

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 12th, 2011
8:14 am

Now I hope some of these people that have been saying that CMR and staff are sleeping on the job understand how they are approaching this 2012 class now. They are trying to be very concise in who they offer and they are doing it the right way. If the kid shows up for a camp and then shows he has the right stuff, they are offering him. People seem to think UGA has to be in a recruiting emergency mode for some reason. I think their approach is the smart prudent way to go about it. If some of these kids want to go to other places and make a verbal commitment one year early, more power to them. Most of them already see themslves in the NFL, so they think going with the school that has had the latest success is the way to go. I think the chance to get an education is so far away from thier minds that the pretense of student/athlete is not even a factor.

JAWJeRDAWG

June 12th, 2011
8:17 am

NOT a JUCO, but a 2010 HS OT recruit from Collierville, Tennessee!

Jacket Man

June 12th, 2011
8:45 am

Kenderius will be an interesting recruit to watch; he’s an incredible athlete as well as a terrific young man. He’ll be a huge get for any program fortunate enough to get his pledge. GA Tech has been with Kenderius for quite a while, and has developed a fairly good relationship with him, however with their limited number of scholarships this year, and the fact they are filling up fast on the defensive line, it may end up being an issue if Kenderius opts to delay making his decision or becomes afraid he may lose his slot if he waits too long.

Outside Observer

June 12th, 2011
9:30 am

Jacket Man, at 6′4″ and 215 pounds, he will not be a 3-4 DE, but an OLB, once he puts on a few pounds.

Viking87

June 12th, 2011
9:33 am

Everybody wants to go to Auburn/Alabama right now because they won the NC the last 2 years. No knocking the programs and I wish these kids luck if that’s where they want to be. But I like a kid that’s willing to compete for his spot and don’t think it should be handed to him. Sounds like the kind a player UGA needs.

Dawgmess

June 12th, 2011
9:35 am

Good post, Rocket!

Still@theBAR

June 12th, 2011
9:44 am

Does the US need one more P.E Teacher or Housing Major?

Still@theBAR

June 12th, 2011
9:50 am

Rocket
Good points. With only 12 or so scholarships to give UGA has to make the RIGHT calls on players. Richt will hear the cries of Hypocrite for over-signing if he has to grey shirt or run off some players to keep others.

Jacket Man

June 12th, 2011
9:52 am

Outside Observer; I agree with you regarding Kenderius probably being best suited as an OLB, but he has said he wants to play with his hand on the ground, ergo a DE in the 3-4, although Al Groh has explained how he would be able to play both in his 3-4 at GA Tech. That’s why he skipped the Auburn visit and returned to GA Tech a few weeks back. He loves the GA Tech coaches and how they have been on him from the start, and how they have said they said he will play in their defense, and have explained it, from the start, with a Super Bowl Coach.

1953Dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:12 am

The way UGA’s top targets are committing to other schools,A.E. Blanks&Parks on Friday, Richt and his puppet BOOBOO will be lucky to get 12 committments. Good thing uga only has limited ships to give this year, because there want be 25 prospects that want to go play for this high school coaching staff. Good to see Richt and Bobo were able to steal a kicker from this camp. The nightmare in Athens continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stink Bomber

June 12th, 2011
10:16 am

WHY WOULD HE CONSIDER TEK?????????

This Dawg Want Hunt!!

June 12th, 2011
10:21 am

The coach at Monroe hates UGA, this kid want go to UGA. He wanted to go to the camp to see how he performed against quality competition. The type of competition he wanted have seen at any camp that Tech had. This coach at Monroe had Tuitt committed to Tech, too bad Notre Damn came and stole him away. The kid is going to camp at Florida this summer, Techies you will lose this one to the gators, not UGA. Grantham is a bag of hot air so far. He told Mike Thornton last year that he reminded him of the all pro nose tackle he coached at Dallas, Thornton hasn’t seen the field yet, and he is currently 3rd on depth chart. Also he is only 290 and he will never play nose in the SEC at 290. The kid should be starting at D.E. in the 3-4. but he bought into Grantham’s B.S.

Thom

June 12th, 2011
10:45 am

Stink Bomber

June 12th, 2011
11:07 am

THIS DAWG W A N T HUNT?

WTF?

1eyedJack

June 12th, 2011
11:22 am

Everybody sees things through their own perspective and bias, esentially their own private prism. I, as most, have no inside information. I can only go on the information I can glean from this paper and recruiting sites. That makes me no expert but is the excuse I will use for my ignorance, as the only thing you can believe that you read here is the advertisements.

The way I see it is that CMR feels comfortable enough with his current roster and this recruiting class to offer and accept commitments from fullbacks, kickers, and punters this early in the process. Obviously he has more information about and confidence in his main targets than any of us do.

Delbert D.

June 12th, 2011
11:37 am

I like his quote, “I want to compete.”

RxDawg

June 12th, 2011
11:41 am

““I wanted to compete,””

That’s all I need to see. I hope this man wants to become a Dawg baby!

AZTEC

June 12th, 2011
11:45 am

come on out here too SDSU, and get away from practicing and playing in the unbearable heat for next 3-4 months..here the highs are 67-74 in july, august, sept, oct, nov, dec ect.and we dont play the cheaters BYU anymore, a school that the NCAA really needs to investigate for cheating on field of play instead of worying about players sell their personal items.

monroe area

June 12th, 2011
11:45 am

This kid is no longer at monroe his position coach went to MLK and the kid is following him. When GHSA going to stop this. Monroe area just got robbed by MLK. We build players and they take them its not fair.

AZTEC

June 12th, 2011
11:47 am

if the justice dept really thinks they should get involved in college sports then they really need too investigate the NCAA and BYU instead of the BCS.

RxDawg

June 12th, 2011
11:47 am

1eyed, that’s a great observation. You may very well be on to something. Last years dream team was similar in that I believe Richt knew he had a few “undecided” recruits coming to UGA. I think it’s a strategy that they’re using now. Stealth recruiting.

AZTEC

June 12th, 2011
11:50 am

mayby the justice dept needs to investigate the GHSA also, mayby the heads of GSHA are all graduates of BYU and are experienced cheaters.

Paddy

June 12th, 2011
12:34 pm

Tide Roll…..you need to update your material. We know what your slant will be on any given story. BORING! Come back later, you will be welcome.

RxDawg

June 12th, 2011
12:40 pm

I just skip any post Tide Roll posts. It’s quite easy.

1eyedJack

June 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

I don’t waste time on the Tootsie Roll’s posts any more.

Dawg '94

June 12th, 2011
1:02 pm

Once the Dawgs will the SEC this season, recruiting will get a lot easier. GO DAWGS!!!

Dawg '94

June 12th, 2011
1:03 pm

Another thing that will help recruiting at UGA is when the NCAA drops the hammer on Awbarn & Tennessee.

Dawg '94

June 12th, 2011
1:05 pm

“win” NOT “will”

South GA Dawg

June 12th, 2011
1:55 pm

How bout dem dawgs!!!!

Blackoutanyone?

June 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

While being the last to offer (and only doing so after the kid’s audition even though he should’ve been concentrating on the ACT) seemed to work this time. Most big time prospects who are not die hard UGA fans (like this kid) will pass at this laughable excuse of recruiting. UGA could easily be more like Texas with a signing class typically committed by September. That way the staff could begin evaluating the next class. Richt is far far behind… Most of you will not like to hearing that and surely don’t want to believe it. The kid had 20 offers and plays HS ball just down the street… Lol. Roll Tide

dawgster

June 12th, 2011
3:59 pm

@Blackoutanyone?…not sure what your negative comments are about, but obvisously you have forgotten the limited number of scholarships that we have to give…WE DON’T OVERSIGN…sorry to spew that out but if you bash the dawgs I’m going to give it right back respectfully…Oh and by the way we just offered two more this weekend while you were sending the comments…We also have offered several 2013 prospects since our numbers will be larger in that class…We have eight commitments at present and Bama has 13 to date…that could change before the weekend is out so stand by…go dawgs

Blackoutanyone?

June 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

Dawgster….just sharing an opinion. Nothing less nothing more. Same as you. I expected some negative feedback but i don’t post to blow sunshine up anyone’s butt so its ok. I think CMR is probably one of the nicest human beings around. But I don’t think UGA will ever reach its full potential under his leadership. You apparently do. I see a pattern of continuously showing up late to offer in state talent. If u and others can’t see that then your not looking. Most of Bama’s Georgia commits didn’t have a UGA offer until well after Bama and many others had offered. If you are just getting around to evaluating 2012 talent then your way behind. I’m still picking UGA vs Bama in SEC this year but that has more to do with a watered down east and UGA’s schedule. As a Bama fan I’m glad you guys don’t demand excellence and are happy with the way things are.

Tossed Salad

June 12th, 2011
5:15 pm

I you “miss out” on your opportunity to play at Tech, have you really missed out on anything?

RRTDawgs

June 12th, 2011
5:43 pm

The one thing that give us a chance with Whitehead is that he is from Athens has anyone heard the story about Travis Blanks and his new sports car after he committed to Clemson shounds fishy doesn’t .

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 12th, 2011
5:56 pm

Dawgster,

Some folks live on the blogs concerning UGA more so than they spend time on their own blogs. Not mentioning any names but I think you get the idea. After a while, their comments become irrevalent and you don’t even bother to read them.