Last week the three-star prospect committed to Mississippi State, giving Dan Mullen and the Bulldog staff their first cornerback commitment for 2011 and bringing the overall total to five.
Yet, with offers already in from the likes of Auburn, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Tennessee, Whitehead is intent on letting his recruitment continue to play out with other schools.
“I still have lots of different coaches out there that are interested in me, so I will look around this summer and in the fall by taking visits and maybe going to some camps,” he said. “I went ahead and chose [Mississippi] State because I felt the most comfortable there. I am looking for the place that feels like home.
“If I find that somewhere else then I will give them a serious look, too.”
One school that Whitehead has seen a recent spark in interest from is LSU, a program, not far down the road, that he grew up following.
“I started getting more and more mail from them, and they invited me to come over for a junior day to meet the staff and see more of the campus,” he said. “I have been pretty busy with other stuff, so I didn’t get a chance to make it that weekend.
“I have been over once before, so I know Baton Rouge is pretty nice,” he added. “I want to get there to see things again. I am definitely wanting to check out the facilities and meet the coaches, so I hope they keep recruiting me harder.”
Thanks to a recent National Championship, Whitehead already holds the idea of a Tiger scholarship in higher regard than most.
“The fact that they won the title game a couple of years back had me watching them a lot on television, so I became a fan that way,” he said. “I like the fact that they are competing on that level.”
When it comes to schools in the mix, the Bulldog commitment said interest is coming from all angles.
Auburn has pressed the wide receiver angle, while both the Bulldogs and Ole Miss, the pair battling before the decision was made, are planning to bring Whitehead on as an athlete.
If it were left up to Whitehead, he would never leave the defensive side of the ball.
“I love playing cornerback, so that is where I hope to end up,” he said. “To play there in the SEC, or even the Big 12, would be ideal. That’s the kind of football I want to be a part of in college.”