Posted: 1:02 pm Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Kenderius Whitehead: Georgia Tech to get visit from JC star 

By Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech is the running for one of the state’s top prospects from 2012.

Kenderius Whitehead is a 3-star defensive end out of M.L. King High School who signed with N.C. State over UGA and Clemson two years ago.

Kenderius Whitehead

Kenderius Whitehead

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder left N.C. State after his freshman season and enrolled last summer at Georgia Military junior college.

Whitehead took an official visit to West Virginia last weekend, and is scheduled to go to Georgia Tech on Friday. He also has offers from Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

“He had departed NC State, and he was looking to get back on track,” GMC coach Bert Williams told the AJC. “A coach from Atlanta had reached out to me. (Whitehead) visited with his mom for our spring game last May. He felt comfortable with it, joined us in the summer, and had a very good season for us. Academically, he can graduate by the end of the summer, so he became recruitable. People came in on him because they obviously knew about him from high school and when he was at N.C. State.”

What do college scouts like about Whitehead? “His speed off the edge really stands out,” Williams said. “He has got a really good burst with rushing the passer. He’s probably a little leaner than you would want him, but he’s got a frame that can hold more weight. He has a real good motor on the field. It jumps out at you. He made a lot of big plays. I think he was either top two or three in the country with tackles for loss this year from his position.”

At GMC this past season, Whitehead finished with ridiculous stats, considering the competition — 7.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for losses. It caught the attention of Georgia Tech assistant Andy McCollum.

“They like that edge speed,” Williams said. “(Whitehead) is truly the type of guy who can be a disruptive player. If you watch these bowls or playoffs, the defenses put pressure on people while only bringing four. He’s just one of those guys who you feel like when he goes one-on-one with the offensive tackle that he’s going to get the better end of the bargain every time. I think it was basically that speed off the edge, and his ability to be an impact player. Coach McCollum was excited about him, and the possibility of maybe getting him.”

What about UGA? Even though the Bulldogs were one of his finalists out of high school, they haven’t gotten involved this time around. “Of course, Coach Todd Grantham was probably the one who knew him best at Georgia when he was coming out of high school. (Grantham) is at Louisville now, but he wants him there. I have not heard from Georgia about him.”

GMC has sent a few football players to Georgia Tech, including former All-ACC punter Durant Brooks, the 2007 Ray Guy award winner.

Note on Whitehead: He has good grades and will be eligible to play immediately. He has three years of football left to play.

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51 comments
NASCDAWG
NASCDAWG

If he is making the decision based on academics it is no contest. Wv or Tech. I don't see how WVa can compete.

hiveredtech
hiveredtech

Just to clear this up.  GT cannot recruit JUCO's because, not only do they typically have academic issues, the school does not accept the majority of their hours taken at JUCO level so when they transfer in to GT they have to sit out a full year from playing to catch up on hours to meet the NCAA APR (Academic Progress Rule).  Most JUCO's want to play right away.


Because Whitehead went to GMC as just a place to go for one year after transferring from NCState….he is at less of a disadvantage than he would have been if had been their two years.  Additionally, he had been accepted to GT when be recruited out of high school.


So….it would be a rare day that we could recruit a standard 2-year JUCO football player.

glsjunior
glsjunior

Georgia State just got a commit from a 3 star CB who was previously committed to UCLA.  Too bad I had to read about it in an Alabama paper...

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/01/auburn_high_db_antreal_allen_f.html

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SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

If Bert Williams says he is good, then the kid is good.  Bert is a close friend of a member of my family

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

I too had wondered about the claim that we don't recruit JC transfers.  We had in the past.  I guess that settles it.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

I guess we can recruit JUCOs!

Yet another Recruiting MYTH that the CPJ apologists have used that has been debunked when the REAL TRUTH comes out.

I wonder how many JUCOs have Stanford, ND and Vandy taken recently, since they have lesser academics than GT does for FB recruits?

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

I don't see how his career is wasted with 3 more years of eligibility.  He may be able to start at GT or elsewhere next season.  Good luck Kendarius and sorry you aren't a Dawg because you are a "catch" for any team.

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

It would be great if the Jackets could get this young man. God knows we need him.

JacketMan
JacketMan

At this point, Tech can still theoretically close out with Autry, Rodgers, Sawyers, and Whitehead, or any combination of them.

Autry has been told to make an immediate decision or the Jackets are going to offer his scholarship to another player so we may know something quick on him (although nothing says he still couldn't flip on signing day if FSU or some other school came late and offered at the last minute).

Rodgers is a player the Jackets are really fighting hard for because they see so much potential for him with the program not only as a football player, but as a member of the "family". He's the type of student athlete GA Tech WANTS for their program.

Sawyers is basically down to Ole Miss and GA Tech, with he and Tennessee sniffing each other at the last second. Notre Dame is out of it. Tennessee is over the limit, so I'm not sure how they can squeeze him in, so that would be miraculous if he tried to sign with them, and I think his Mother really values an education (that's why he committed to Vandy in the first place), and distance also sounds like it might be a factor, so the Jackets might have a shot here as well.

West Virginia thinks they have Whitehead in the bag because they already have two of his teammates already committed, but since he's from around this area, I think that may work just as well in GA Tech's favor, along with the fact that there would be a chance he would have the opportunity to get early playing time with the Jackets. Therefore, I think Whitehead is a tossup for GA Tech. This visit will go a long way towards sealing the deal one way or the other.

TXJacket
TXJacket

How much eligibility would he have left?

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

WaycrossDawg, you are class. Thank you. You guys are looking good in recruiting.


This kid sounds awesome. I would love to see some film of him.

WaycrossDawg
WaycrossDawg

I liked Whitehead a lot from the film I saw of him coming out of high school. I was really hoping UGA would get him, but things didn't work out. I really hope GT can get him. I think this is definitely CPJ's best class yet , and Whitehead would only add to that. I think that the Jackets could make some noise in the ACC this year if they can work out the quarterback situation. Good luck, except for when you play UGA.

VirgilSeagle
VirgilSeagle

Talk about a wasted college football career....


MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@hiveredtech 

Lots of JUCOs out West go to JUCOs to improve their chances of playing BCS level CFB while they develop for 2 more years.

Highly typical, elitist, snobbish, GT mentality that most JUCOs are broken and therefore are beneath GT FB.

Meanwhile our B-Ball program took a transfer from Tenn. and we recruited a PG from a Prep School.

When our next HC gets hired, he's gonna have to look to the JUCO ranks for a pass-first QB, at least 2 TEs and maybe 2 pass-blocking OTs.

When you look at this roster and try to fit our players into a non-gimmick, non Service Academy offense, we are almost at the point of having to do a complete re-build, thanks to CPJ's recruiting of course.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt We typically don't recruit JUCO's because they generally didn't have the test scores to get into GT to begin with.  KW isn't your typical JUCO, as he was eligible for a DI school from day one.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning Typical trashing of GT with only half the facts.  KW isn't your typical JUCO athlete as he was eligible for DI from day one.  He didn't need to go to JUCO in order to "get around" things like test scores.


Keep trolling...


Ghost13
Ghost13

@MikeBanning How will he  ever handle the rigors of  being  a student  at GT?

MarineJacket
MarineJacket

I was thinking the same thing when I read that post. I do wonder why the dogs aren't after him, are they stocked at that position? I know they normally go after recruits that have gone to GMC.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@JacketMan

Autry has been told to make an immediate decision or the Jackets are going to offer his scholarship to another player so we may know something quick on him (although nothing says he still couldn't flip on signing day if FSU or some other school came late and offered at the last minute).

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JacketMan,

To me, this looks like Autry will not sign with GT. Especially if he is given an ultimatum by the GT coaches.  Tough spot for the coaches to be in, with Autry's circus.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@JacketMan Question:  It appears as if GT has 67 scholarship players currently, including the 5 enrolled in January.  That would leave 18 openings, which is the current amount of commits we have.  Where are we getting the extra room?  Are some players definitely leaving early?  Are there walkons that are using spare scholarships that won't be renewed?  Just trying to figure it out... 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@TXJacket  Three years, per the last sentence in the article.


"Note on Whitehead: He has good grades and will be eligible to play immediately. He has three years of football left to play."

MarineJacket
MarineJacket

How is it wasted??? It's not over.

Go Jackets!!!!

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  

But, but, but, GT  under CPJ isn't your typical D1-A school, GT is now known as the "4th Service Academy".

I just don't see how we can take ANY JUCOs based on what I have read on these Blogs in the past.

NC State didn't list a major for him, I wonder was he a STEM major at NC State?

Since he is starting his 3rd year out of HS next fall, I wonder has he taken all his CALCULUS classes?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket

Every time a question gets asked about a GT recruit/athlete, that doesn't make it trashing, nor does rise to level of trashing a recruit.

Turn your sensitivity meter way, way down.


MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Ghost13 @MikeBanning 

My question, is if he is really super talented then why leave NC State, I'm not sure I believe that he was home-sick, especially if he is considering WVa.

NC State's coaches aren't crazy, if he was this good of a pass-rusher, why would they just let him leave without making a push to keep him.

I wonder did something happen at NC State and the deal was he was allowed to leave/transfer and keep things hush-hush.

Also  notice that the colleges that recruited him out of HS, aren't really after him this time around, usually when players transfer, they go to schools that had recruited them but came up short.

UGA and the schools that were hot after this player seem to have cooled on him this time around.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MarineJacket They've got 4* Keyon Brown committed in this years class, and they are a major player for Lorenzo Carter.  If they land LC, which looks very good right now for them, then they would have two DE's in that class rated higher than Whitehead.  With so few of their players leaving this year, uga will have a smaller class than usual, so there's probably not a lot of extra room for them right now.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@MarineJacket

UGa has a few other highly ranked recruits at DE, and you never know what negative issues may have occurred when he rejected UGa 2 years ago.  Also, who knows what Grantham has going on with Kendarius.  I just hope he is smart enough to avoid Louisville.

JacketMan
JacketMan

We already had Vad Lee announce his transfer and one other player say publically he wouldn't play again (history of injuries). There is an "anticipation" of between two and four other players who are expected to graduate (they took red shirts) and won't plan on returning (please don't ask as they are still talking to PJ).

So there should be three, four, or even possibly five spots open (one for Byerly).

TXJacket
TXJacket

I believe the list of commits in the earlier "big board" article included the 5 early enrollees.  So, if the 67 number you have already includes those 5 then we would have 18 left for signing day.

TXJacket
TXJacket

Sorry about that, I even scanned the article a second time looking and missed it.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning I never told you a thing except that Stanford had no requirement to finish core before declaring a major.  


Try again, troll...


And, BTW, you are wrong.  Quite often, in fact.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket @MikeBanning @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

But all you guys TOLD ME I WAS WRONG.

Ergo,   a school with GT 's elite academics shouldn't be recruiting a player that spent his 1st yr. at NC State with no major declared, at least according to all you guys that told me how wrong I was for defending players at Stanford declaring a major by their Jr. year.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  NC State didn't list a major for him, I wonder was he a STEM major at NC State?

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Show me a Stanford freshman on their website with a major listed....


Weren't you just harping about this a few days ago defending Stanford?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning Show  where I ever denigrated a JUCO player.  Most JUCO players simply don't have the academics to get into GT.  It's a fact of life.  Also, most JUCO courses aren't accepted into GT, which is problematic.  KW only being in JUCO for one year means we bring him in as an academic sophomore, most likely.  He's already got the test scores for Di college.  You're so busy trying to make this fit your twisted narrative that you miss most of the facts, per usual.


Keep trolling...

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket @MikeBanning 

I don't care what school he goes to.

I find it amazing to hear the hypocritical double-talk from GT fans like you.

Every JUCO that goes to any surrounding college is an illiterate thug according to many GT fans not named MBanning, Yet when a JUCO chooses GT,  then and ONLY THEN does he become a wayward, homesick soul that is a MENSA club member and future academic all-American, with an angelic soul.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket @MikeBanning 

If he's all matured and no longer homesick, then just go back to NC State, no harm, no foul.

BCS  level FB players leave BCS level programs for good reasons and homesick isn't one of them.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning No.  My claim is that a year and a half later, he's not the same kid maturity wise.


I realize you never matured, but that's not how life works for most people.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket @MikeBanning @Ghost13 

If he were REALLY homesick then WVa would never come up.

This is your claim:

He left NC State because he was homesick, and then when he thinks he'll get more PT somewhere like friggin' WVa. then he miraculously matures and is NOT homesick anymore.AJ.

If that is what you need to believe to make yourself feel better go right ahead AJ.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @Ghost13 You wouldn't believe anything that is beneficial to GT.  If he was homesick, he's had a year back home to decide he wants to try it again.  He's two years out of HS now, and there is a big difference between the maturity level of those ages.


As for uga, they have Keyon Brown committed and are in the Lorenzo Carter sweepstakes.  They don't have room in this class to pursue KW.


Keep trolling....

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Marine,

I think you are correct.  From a different AJC article today it sounds like LC may want to be a LB at UGA (because he wants to know who the new LB coach will be).....so I'm not sure where the heck he will play!!! 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Buzz-Off I see what you mean.  Everything I have seen so far implies that it's either GT or WVU.  No mention of Louisville at all.  

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Augusta,

I keep raeding the article and I'm confused by the paragraph discussing UGa and Grantham.  I thought the next to last sentence implied that Grantham "wants him there" (ie. Louisville ???).  I may be having a senior moment and interpreting that statement incorrectly.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Buzz-Off I haven't seen that Louisville is even in the mix.  It seems to be between GT and WVU.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@JacketMan Thanks.  I figured we'd lose a couple of RS Sr's to graduation and future careers.  I was wondering where the possibility of signing 24-25 players was coming from....

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@TXJacket Gotcha.  For some reason, that eluded me when I was looking at this list.  Sometimes it's the simplest answers....