Kenderius Whitehead, one of Georgia’s top college football prospects at defensive end, earned an offer from UGA at June’s Mark Richt Camp.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from M.L. King High School, who has more than 25 early scholarship offers, admits he thought long and hard about accepting it in following days.
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“My mom is very religious; she’s a strong Christian,” Whitehead told the AJC. “She was like ‘Let’s just talk and pray with our pastor and the church before we make any decisions. She doesn’t want me to make any wrong decisions. So she was basically saying ‘Hold off and check out other schools before you commit. There might be something out there different that you might see that you like.’”
Whitehead still likes UGA a lot. In fact, he lists the Bulldogs as his frontrunner, followed by Tennessee, Ohio State and North Carolina.
“Georgia is still my leader,” Whitehead told the AJC. “That’s my hometown school. I like the coaches. Georgia has a great coaching staff. I feel like they are going to have a great year this year.”
UGA is recruiting Whitehead to play outside linebacker, a position he had never even practiced at until Mark Richt camp. “They said I could be like Justin Houston. I actually did pretty good at outside linebacker at camp. I liked it. I guess there’s a first time for everything. I’m glad I went to the camp and got some more experience at that position.”
Whitehead has set up an official visit to North Carolina for Sept. 17. He may go to UGA for the South Carolina game, and is in the process of setting up trips to Ohio State and Tennessee. He has ruled out Florida. “I heard about Florida telling that kid they didn’t have any more scholarships,” said Whitehead, referring to Woodward Academy defensive tackle Jordan Watkins. Whitehead say he may take his fifth visit to either Arkansas or N.C. State.
At M.L. King, Whitehead has been nearly unstoppable in the preseason at defensive end. “He’s definitely the difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball for us,” M.L. King coach Mike Carson said. “The kid’s motor never stops. He’s a sideline-to-sideline player. I mean, he just gets it done.”
Whitehead transferred to M.L. King for his senior year after playing at Monroe Area. Last year, he played alongside Monroe Area All-America defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who switched his commitment from Georgia Tech to sign with Notre Dame.
Whitehead has a 3.1 GPA and wants to study Computer Science.
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