UNC began recruiting Whitehead, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end from Lithonia (Ga.) King, during the spring. His interest in the Tar Heels has progressively increased ever since.
"They have a good program," Whitehead said. "I've gotten a chance to talk to the coaches and they're very nice people and they're down-to-earth. I've made a bond with a few of the coaches."
Specifically, Whitehead keeps in regular contact with Joe Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach. Whitehead has also had a few conversations with interim head coach Everett Withers.
"They're just telling me they want me to come up there," Whitehead said. "They've been on me real hard. They told me, ‘If you come up here, I guarantee that you'll love it.' They say, ‘You have to check out Chapel Hill and check out the facilities.' They talk about their [defensive end] depth chart, which is really a big deal."
Whitehead is also working on scheduling official visits to fellow favorites Georgia and Tennessee, as well as Ohio State. All four aforementioned schools are among the nearly two dozen to have offered him a scholarship.
"North Carolina is the only [official visit I've scheduled]," Whitehead said. "My family and I are going to check them out and if I get a good feel, they might become my top school."
Heading into the visit, though, Georgia is Whitehead's leader.
"Georgia is still in the front," Whitehead said. "They are the hometown team, I really like the coaches, and I have a good feeling when I'm on campus."
Whitehead isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.
"I'll probably take all my officials and then ride it out until February the 2nd," Whitehead said. "Or if I just get that good feel with a school, I'll probably end up just making a decision. But most likely, I'll probably end up riding it out until February the 2nd."
Whitehead had 54 tackles and 11 sacks for Monroe (Ga.) Monroe Area last season. He since transferred to King, which kicks off its season on Friday against Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett.