On Tuesday, in a ceremony at West End High School, the 6-6, 245-pound Scout.com five star defensive end announced that he would sign with Louisville
"I fell in love with Louisville on my visit there," Whitehead said after announcing his decision. "Once I got off the plane for my visit I felt right at home and I just went with it."
What did Whitehead enjoy so much about his visit? "Everything," he said. "The atmosphere and everything."
Whitehead said he didn't come to his decision to attend Louisville until he approached the stage where he made his surprising announcement. "I didn't come to the decision until I was sitting at the table - just now, like 30 minutes ago," he said. "I called Coach Whitt right after. Nobody knew before the announcement. Coach Whitt said he was sitting at the computer waiting."
Perhaps the most significant factor why Whitehead chose the Cardinals was Bronko Nugurski Trophy winner Elvis Dumervil. Whitehead said he expects to compete to replace Dumervil next fall, and the prospects of cracking the starting lineup as a freshman proved an intriguing prospect for the Birmingham standout..
"That was a huge factor," said Whitehead. "If Dumervil was still at Louisville, they wouldn't have been on my list."
Most observers believed Whitehead would pick one of the two in-state schools that made the final cut on his list.
"Everyone was pretty shocked about it when I announced my decision," said Whitehead.
One of the nation's fastest rising prospects this year after being injured much of his junior season, the 6-6, 245 Whitehead had offers from dozens of schools before narrowing his choices down to four schools after previously committing early to Clemson and then reopening his recruitment.
A dominating defender from his defensive end position, Whitehead had an amazing senior season on his way to being named All-State. Despite facing constant double teams he finished with 125 tackles, 25 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss.