Will Kenderius Whitehead follow his high school teammate to UGA? If so, it would give the Bulldogs the player that some feel may be the best pure pass rusher in the state.
“I’d love for him to play at Georgia with me,” Tibbs said. “I think he was thinking about committing to Georgia anyways. Now with me doing it, I think it will motivate him a little bit more.”
Whitehead has been leaning to UGA since the summer, but had North Carolina move ahead of the Bulldogs after an official visit with the Tar Heels a couple of weeks ago. “North Carolina actually is my top school,” Whitehead told the AJC.
However, when asked to compare his top two schools, Whitehead shifted back in favor of UGA. “Georgia and North Carolina are neck and neck,” Whitehead said. “But you know the Dogs. They are still on top. North Carolina is still coming, though. They are fighting hard for me.”
The 6-foot-4, 227-pound Whitehead has UGA, North Carolina, Clemson and Tennessee as his finalists. He has eliminated Ohio State. “I got the offer from Ohio State but I haven’t really heard from them since,” he said.
Clemson is the new school in the picture with Whitehead, and the Tigers may be doing the best job recruiting him. “I’ve been talking with [Clemson assistant Marion Hobby] and everything, and we’ve started to establish a great relationship,” Whitehead said. “I want to go down there and see how the atmosphere is for a game. I was supposed to go to Clemson for the FSU game but I had some family come into town. I watched it on TV, and I saw where the crowd ran on the field after the game. That was pretty cool. I’d love to play somewhere where the fans get that excited about football.”
Whitehead transferred from Monroe Area for his senior year and made an instant impact at his new school. He leads 4-0 M.L. King in total tackles with 45, sacks with 10, and tackles for losses with 11. M.L. King plays at Valdosta on Friday.
“He’s definitely the difference-maker for us on the defensive side of the ball; he has had a huge start to the season,” M.L. King coach Mike Carson said.
“His motor is non-stop. I mean, he doesn’t turn it off until the game is over with. He had the little quarterback from Langston Hughes running all over the field on Friday. Colleges look for those kind of guys that have a big motor and that don’t shut it off. That’s Kenderius.”
What about Tibbs committing to UGA? How will that affect Whitehead? “I’m proud for Blake,” Whitehead said. “Honestly, it doesn’t affect me, though. That’s because I have to take the time, research each school, and pick the best situation for me and my family.”
Whitehead is being recruited to play outside linebacker at UGA.
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