November 4, 2011

Whitehead gives latest

As high school football season draws to a close in the state of Georgia, some athletes find themselves in ideal situations.

Such is the case for defensive end Kenderius Whitehead as he and his M.L. King Lions (9-0) will face the region rival Stephenson Jaguars for the AAAAA Region 2 title.

Whitehead transferred to MLK from Monroe Area high school in the summer, and he has been a large part of the Lion's success this year.

The Peach State prospect has racked up 68 tackles and 11 sacks on the season. All while taking on double and triple teams on almost every play.

Whitehead's former teammate at Monroe Area, Stephon Tuitt, was ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia last year by Rivals, and is now starting on the defensive line as a true freshman for Notre Dame.

Tuitt's presence allowed Whitehead work in more one-on-one matchups last year, but Whitehead wasn't caught off guard by the attention he has received from opposing teams this year.

"He (Tuitt) warned me about it. He told me that teams were going to block me with more guys so I was ready for it," said Whitehead.

The MLK standout has nothing but great things to say about his former school, but he is also extremely happy to be in his current situation.

"I've really enjoyed it here," he said. "I've made some really good friends and we are 9-0 and getting ready to play for a region title. Its really great."

Whitehead's recruitment has changed several times since he started receiving big time offers in the spring, and things may have changed once again.

Georgia was once the clear leader for Whitehead's signature, but while Georgia still holds a special place in his heart, they are no longer at the top.

"Right now, no one is leading really. I still love Georgia and Athens is home, but I'm looking at all schools equally right now," said Whitehead. "I want to take my officials and then I'll decide."

Georgia may not lead for Whitehead's services as once was the case, but they are keeping close tabs on him, and he is doing the same in return.

"I talked to Coach (Rodney) Garner last night, and we always just talk about life. He is interested in me as a person and that's big," he said. "I look at Georgia like it is close to home and my family can come watch me play. Plus I know that once football is over, I want to work in Georgia and have a career there."

He is also keeping a close eye on how they are performing on the field.

"Man they did a tremendous job going down there and taking care of Florida. People were looking down on them after that first game but they have held their ground and they are in a good position," said Whitehead. "Their outside linebackers are also playing really well.

The Georgia target has yet to take an official visit, but with Signing Day drawing near, he knows that those visits will have to take place soon.

He is scheduled to visit North Carolina State as they face Clemson on Nov. 19, but he also has other plans as well.

"I want to visit Clemson as well, and I want to visit Georgia when they have that big banquet (Senior Gala) or for their next big game. I want to set it up as soon as possible," said Whitehead.

Whitehead has been selected to participate in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl to be played on January 3, and instead of waiting until Signing Day, he might make his decision there.

"I might make my decision at the Marine All American bowl, or if I'm not ready by then, I'll probably just wait until Signing Day," he said. "It really all depends on how I feel."

A clear leader has yet to emerge for Whitehead, but it appears that, at the very least, he has Georgia on his mind.

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