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Michael Carvell

Kenderius Whitehead: Georgia Tech to get visit from JC star

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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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