The Georgia Bulldogs might no longer be part of the race for defensive end Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). The long-time Georgia fan and highly prized recruit reportedly told his head coach Mike Carson today that he is down to two schools.
“He came in this morning and inquired about having a press conference to announce his decision,” Carson said. “I asked him what was going on and he basically said he has narrowed it down to NC State and Clemson. He wants to get it done and over with. I told him I would check with the principal and see if we could put together a press conference. Hopefully we can have one by Friday.”
After word started circulating that he had eliminated the Bulldogs, Whitehead sent out a message via Twitter.
"To All the News Reporter that [are] following me I did not take #UGA out of my top 3."
Whitehead was thought to be leaning toward the Bulldogs since his father is a huge Georgia fan who has his own Bulldogs room dedicated to watching Georgia on Saturdays. The younger Whitehead readily admits to growing up a fan of the Bulldogs.
Now it appears the 6-foot-4, 220-pound DE could be leaning toward playing football in the ACC.
“He didn’t say why he had chosen those two schools,” Carson said.
When asked whether Whitehead’s comments had anything to do with Georgia's recent commitment from Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris Co.) and the Bulldogs’ favorable standing with Josh Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), two of the top defensive players in the state, Carson said, “That may be.”
Jenkins is expected to play outside linebacker, the same position for which Whitehead was being recruited. If the Bulldogs were to land Harvey-Clemons to go along with commit Leonard Floyd, Whitehead might find the position crowded.
Carson has another theory.
“Georgia was recruiting him as a hybrid outside linebacker who could move down,” Carson said. “I know Clemson is recruiting him as a defensive end, as is North Carolina State. They are hoping to get him there, put some weight on him and let him come off the edge with his hand down. He prefers playing with his hand down as an end. That is basically what those two schools have to offer. I think he was unsure about playing in space as an outside linebacker. That had some concern.”
Wherever Whitehead goes, Carson says he will be a success.
“He is a great individual," Carson said. "NC State or Clemson is going to get a great football player. In my opinion he is definitely one of the top defensive ends and pass-rushers in the state of Georgia.”
With Whitehead indicating that the Bulldogs are still in his top three despite his conversation with Carson, be sure to stay tuned to DawgNation for further developments.