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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.

A few days ago, M.L. King High School wide receiver Blake Tibbs committed to UGA. Tibbs was asked about bringing along another top UGA recruiting target, M.L. King defensive end Kenderius Whitehead.

“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.

M.L. King DE Kenderius Whitehead (left) with his teammate, UGA-bound WR Blake Tibbs (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

M.L. King DE Kenderius Whitehead (right) with his teammate, UGA-bound WR Blake Tibbs (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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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91 comments Add your comment

jablonski

September 28th, 2011
2:17 pm

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

pick UNC. Just cause you friend wants to be less educated doesn’t mean you should turn down UNC for uga.

trueUGAfan

September 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

KW, do what’s best for you, if that means the DAWGS, we (the red and black) nation would love to have you aboard… And that goes to any other recruit as well…GO DAWGS

Frank Lane

September 28th, 2011
2:26 pm

We need to get all over recruiting this guy. He is the real deal.

GeoffDawg

September 28th, 2011
2:35 pm

KW, 5150 UOAD is the typical type of fan that you’ll have to deal with at an ACC school. Long on talk, short on facts. He’ll turn on you in a second.

That being said, go where you believe gives you the best opportunity for success before and after football.

Funny

September 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

Everyone know’s 5150 has nothnig better to do than troll on UGA blogs while spewing factless info.

Wally My Butts

September 28th, 2011
2:42 pm

5150 needs new material.

Athens Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:43 pm

He’s coming to UGA

Cobb Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:52 pm

Would be nice to finally score one after whiffing on Watkins and (apparently) Jenkins.

JB

September 28th, 2011
2:57 pm

Tech almost got schooled by a very average North Carolina school with a coach from a Temp Agency.
Wait till they play a good team. That team has little depth and 2 and 3 star players nowhere on Rivals ratings…and can’t even beat a bad Dawg team the last two years. What does that tell you. Dunking on 10 year old’s impresses few. Good, athletic teams beat Tech 9 of 10 times……..Oh wait, that would be
the Dawgs…..

Go War Eagles !!

September 28th, 2011
3:04 pm

Woodward Academy’s 6′10″ basketball center Michael Hall has announced that he is headed to Harvard….he had numerous major D1 offers….do a piece on him…..great kid !!

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
3:09 pm

Jb so can you tell me with a straight face that UNC a team that has 2 projected defensive ends going into the first round, and a defensive tackle going into the first round, 2 linebackers also going into the first round, and a receiver going into the 2nd round is an average team? The way you guys have played lately, I doubt that you guys would even beat them. Do you guys have 5 guys projected in the first round, and do you think that your freshman phenom would have an easy time running on North Carlina’s defense?

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
3:14 pm

There’s absolutely no way that you guys would run on that talented defense. With the problems you guys have on the offensive line, their defensive linemen would almost get to Aaron Murray every time.

KB

September 28th, 2011
3:17 pm

515o uoad , just a tech troll, all pumped up because tech offense runs over crappy defenses. If everyon open with this type schedule , there would be many undefeated teams, the pj way is to schedule and beat up on inferior team, tech loses , VT, Clemson, Maimi, Duke , UGA beat down are coming for jackets

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
3:20 pm

Again does Georgia have 2 defensive ends projected in the top ten, and a defensive tackle in the first round? How is UNC’S defense mediocre, are you telling me that Georgia has a better defensive line than North Carolina?

KB

September 28th, 2011
3:24 pm

Yep, better secondary too, Much better offense , and our special team will soon be very special again.
When our backers are healthy all around better on D than UNC, and much better offense.UGA on the backside of the schedule now,

JB

September 28th, 2011
3:24 pm

@3:09. I watched some of the game. North Carolina is average. I don’t know who Tech can beat and who they can’t. I will say they haven’t played a real good team….and I think Tech is pretty good by the way….But, like they said on that show on CSS ( the three guys on there that Bob Neal is On) a fast Athletic Defense probably wins every time against Tech. We’ll just how it plays out. You guys are a little puffed up….but hey, it’s your team…..

KB

September 28th, 2011
3:25 pm

Acc took it on the chin again this weekend, loses to S. Miss, temple, Kansas state all as home favs. Pathetic league. Shouldn’t have an AQ status.

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
3:28 pm

Yeah we’ll have to see when we play clemson in late october. Hopefully both my teams will be undefeated until that time. Still though UNC will be one of the best d-lines, if not won of the best we’ll see all year. Plus their linebackers are pretty sick.

JB

September 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

Tech fans may get the last laugh on Richt and pound that final nail in……But losing Richt doesn’t necessarily mean good news for Tech. He won 9 of 10, but we need to beat some big boys. An improvement in coaching may mean 10 of 10.

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
3:31 pm

Hopefully Georgia turns it around though, I still have them going 8 and 4.

JB

September 28th, 2011
3:31 pm

Tenutta is the DC at UNC…He’s crazy and took it to Tech last year. Don’t count UNC out.

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
3:34 pm

Nah, we’ll still beat them by at least 24 points. Plus they are missing 5 players on the defensive line. Hopefully the players don’t overlook them though.

JB

September 28th, 2011
3:42 pm

I only see 4 teams standing in front of Tech being the football story of the year. VT,clemson, Miami, and Georgia………And they are all beatable. We wouldn’t be able to live with you guys, although you would have to beat FSU in the ACC title game and I’m not sure the BCS would give you you’re shot if a pedigree is in front of you.

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
3:43 pm

Is this the same guy that was teammates with Stephon Tuitt last year?

Also I don’t think Tenutta is DC at UNC, just LB or DL coach.

JB

September 28th, 2011
3:45 pm

Thanks bigtimetechfan….. I thought he was DC, sounds like he’s just on the staff.

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
3:46 pm

JB – We will see this weekend between VT and Clemson, team that wins that game will be tested and proven, Clemson has proven a lot by beating Auburn and FSU, if they beat VT they are on big time roll and should be top ten after that schedule.

dawgs73

September 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

@ BigTimeTechFan: Yes he is the same guy that played with Tuitt last year.

Hoopster

September 28th, 2011
4:12 pm

Idiot alert. JB, Tenuta isn’t even on the staff at UNC. Try LB Coach at NCSt.

Sven Ottke

September 28th, 2011
4:13 pm

Idiot alert. JB, Tenuta isn’t even on the staff at UNC. Try the LB Coach at NCSt.

ATL Sports Fan

September 28th, 2011
4:30 pm

Air Force didn’t have anyone projected to go high in the draft last year. Also, UGA had two first round picks on offense in 2008, and a not that good Tech team was able to beat them. Projections in the draft are not an indicatior of how good your team is. A 10 who hangs around a group of 5’s do not bring the group of 5’s up to a 10.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
4:45 pm

GT/Fl football fan

I already had to slap a fellow fan of yours around, now let me get you straight. UNC has 2-4 NFL caliber players on their roster. How many does the opponents UGA has played so far has? Maybe as many as 30. South Carolina has a roster full of NFL- caliber players, even back ups who get drafted every year. Stop it!!! Your school has not played anybody and you and the rest of the GT fanbase knows it. So stop defending that weak 4-0. It’s amazing what you guys have done on offense, but your only quality opponent was UNC!!! UNC of all places where the motivation to win has been sapped out of that program. Talk that talk AFTER VT, FSU, and Clemson have graced the opposing sideline. And that’s not exactly all that great either. Boise St. has more talent than your 4 opponents combined. FACT!!! Not opinion. FACT!!!

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

So your basically going to tell me in a straight face that you guys would easily beat north carolina. Also north carolina wouldn’t have a problem beating south carolina. North carolina has one of the best defensive lines in the league. So do you really think that crowell wold have an easy time running on north carolina. North carolina has more talent than South carolina, and a better defense. I highly doubt that the way UGA has played wolud beat North carolina. With the teams that you’ve played so far only Boise st scares me.

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
4:59 pm

Not only that Georgia had a problem protecting Aaron Murray against Boise, and South Carolina. So what do you think would happen if you faced a d-line like North carolina which is comparable to boise would do against you. It would just be like the first team you’ve played, Murray would be on his back all day. Plus they would make you guys one dimensional.

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
5:04 pm

“Air Force didn’t have anyone projected to go high in the draft last year. ”

Speaking of Air Force, they have one of the only two Georgians that are starting QBs for the 120 FBS schools. Tim Jefferson is from Woodward Academy. The other is UAB’s Bryan Ellis from Fort Valley/Peach County.

Source: Rivals.com

GT/Fl football fan

September 28th, 2011
5:04 pm

Plus North Carolina has a good o-line also, and a receiver named Dwight Jones, in which you guys would have a hard time covering. They would have enough offense to beat you guys, do to their defense. The score probably would end up being 20 to 13. Although Murray is a good Qb, he wouldn’t have much time getting it to your receivers like Malcolm Mitchell, and Orson Charles.

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
5:11 pm

@slydog – “FACT!!! Not opinion. FACT!!!”

Facts require proof. You didn’t provide proof, merely more opinions.

1eyedJack

September 28th, 2011
5:17 pm

Kenderius Whitehead, dog, you know you’re going to be a Dawg. C’mon man, get it out of the way. Besides, the Dawgs are running short of guys whose name ends in ius. ;)

South GA Dawg

September 28th, 2011
5:43 pm

Congrats to GT they are having an awsome year. I have always said I wanted GT to be undefeated when UGA plays them. Of course I was wanting UGA to also be undefeated. It should be one heck of a game when they play. GO DAWGS

Worm

September 28th, 2011
5:58 pm

North Carolina will be on serious probation.Everitt is toast..Doesn’t matter how many he wins he a goner…Now, Who will be Carolina’s next Coach?

Worm

September 28th, 2011
5:59 pm

He’s a goner..Oops

DostaDawg

September 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

Find out how good friday against valdosta and tackle Willie Barrett 6′4 320. Why do so many atlanta players transfer, and so few south GA. players dont?

slydog

September 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

@GT/Fl football fan and Delbert D.

Do I really need to provide you guys with facts? Cut on a television or go to any future draft projection website or or lookat a scouting combine year after year after year. South Carolina has back ups that get drafted. And UNC better than South Carolina? No rebuttal required. You know that’s a flat out lie. I know its common for fans to engage in hyperbole, but outright lies are pathetic. So, it is not a fact that GT has played virtually nobody? When was the last time UNC was actually in contention to win anything? Kansas? MTSU? W. Carolina? UNC has 2-4 NFL guys on that roster. That’s it. What about an entire team? or both sides of the ball? After Saturday, UGA will just keep adding to their total of playing against teams with “pro” players. Now, I want you two to remember this post come the 3rd week of April. And we can count, one by one, how many players get drafted that were on opposing teams between UGA and GT. Now, I know your next response is to find some little seam or crack, but there is none. I know you will change the subject to something else cause you can’t win this one. I appreciate what GT has done on the field so far and it is remarkable. But let’s keep it real. WHO HAVE YOU PLAYED? Your only stick is UNC? Without a coach? whose best players have already jumped ship and went pro? Those 2-4 guys you mention are not on their level and you know it. STOP THE HYPE!!!

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

Worm – Kirby Moore?

LagDawg

September 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

If you commit to UGA, do it for the love of the program and not for the HC, because this one might not be here come next year.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

Who the heck is Dwight Jones? Really? Is it Alshon Jeffrey? Can he tie Alshon’s shoes? Name ONE UNC O-lineman that’s an impact player? or on Mel’s big board? Give me ONE!!! UNC’s QB isn’t better than Stephen Garcia…lol.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

Have you played against the likes of Kellen Moore? Will you play ONE QB of his caliber all season? NOPE!!! I can tell you with a straight face UGA has a good chance to beat UNC. You folks had to hold on for the win. Wow, last I checked, UNC sure is a national title contender and a sure bet to finish one or two in the conference every year!!! Oh, that’s basketball.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
6:31 pm

UGA has played against TWO TEAMS THAT MAY PLAY FOR A NATIONAL TITLE!!!! You folks have played against 4 teams that probably won’t win 15 games combined.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
6:33 pm

UNC is comparable to Boise St. Well, in this universe, Boise has 21 seniors and 15 of them are fifth year players. They have a Heisman candidate at QB. UNC has not had a Heisman Candidate since Lawrence Taylor. STOP THE HYPE!!!!

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
6:35 pm

@slydog – Don’t lump me in with anybody else. If you insist on saying something is a fact, prove it.

-UNC better than S.C.? They haven’t played each other. They haven’t played any common opponents (which could only be the basis for an opinion.)

-UNC has 2-4 NFL guys on that roster? They don’t play for an NFL team. They play for UNC.

Again, you have given only your opinion, to which you are entitled.

Some facts that I present for your consideration are the following:
1) S.C 56, East Carolina 37
2)S.C. 45, Georgia 42
3)S.C. 24, Navy 21
4)S.C. 21, Vanderbilt 3

Do those facts stir you to post an opinion?