National Signing Day 2014: Top JUCO Recruit Has Eye on Georgia Tech

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Sometimes, good things actually do come to those who wait. Two years ago, Georgia Tech would have loved to have been in the sights of 3-Star defensive end Kenderius Whitehead. After being suited by Clemson and Georgia, and eventually signing with NC State, Whitehead had to go the Junior College route in 2013.

Now, after a successful restart to his college career at Georgia Military Junior College (where he put up some sick numbers), Whitehead is looking towards getting back with the big boys, and Georgia Tech is on his short list. Whitehead finished the season with 7.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for losses.

With National Signing Day 2014 right around the corner (Feb. 5), this is a big opportunity for Paul Johnson and his staff to come up with a nice get for the Yellow Jackets.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end out of Lithonia, Ga. (King HS), has an official visit with the Georgia Tech staff on Friday, having just completed an official visit with West Virginia. Whitehead also has offers from Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

Georgia, who was one of the big players for Whitehead two years ago, hasn’t really made any big overtures this time, and much of that may be due to Todd Grantham no longer being with the UGA staff. It was Grantham that spent time recruiting Whitehead out of high school, and is undoubtedly one of the reasons he has an offer from Louisville.

In an interview with Atlanta Journal-Constitution recruiting reporter Michael Carvell, Whitehead’s coach at GMC, Bert Williams, talked about his defensive star.

“He had departed NC State, and he was looking to get back on track,” GMC coach Bert Williams told Carvell. “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.”

And how does Whitehead stack up with other prospects?

“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.”

With Jeremiah Attaochu no longer in the picture for the Yellow Jackets, having an end with college experience and with the skill set that Whitehead possesses would be a huge boost for Ted Roof’s defense.

Whitehead is set to graduate from GMC, and is eligible to play immediately, with three years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

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Topics: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Kenderious Whitehead, National Signing Day 2014, Recruiting

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