Whitehead Excited About UNC

After officially visiting the school a few weeks back, Kenderius Whitehead now includes North Carolina among his top three schools.

"I felt pretty excited about the whole situation with North Carolina, and I also liked the depth chart," Whitehead said. "I got a good feeling about it, but I'm still open, I'm still looking, and seeing what else is out there."

Accompanying UNC on Whitehead's top three schools list are Clemson and Georgia.

Whitehead, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end from Lithonia (Ga.) King, says things aren't equal between his top three. Childhood favorite Georgia remains his leader.

"Georgia's on top, because they're the hometown team," Whitehead said. "But that could change."

As if Georgia didn't need any more assistance, the Bulldogs received an additional boost when Whitehead's teammate, Blake Tibbs, recently verbally committed to the school.

"That's my teammate and my friend, but that really won't affect my decision to go there," Whitehead said. "I'm really trying to see what's best for me. What's best for him might not be best for me."

Whitehead plans on continuing to take his official visits with most, if not all, taking place during the football season. Although he doesn't have any future official trips scheduled, he's working on visits with Clemson, Georgia, and Tennessee. He says the Tennessee visit will likely occur next weekend when the Volunteers play LSU.

Whitehead is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment. It could occur after concluding his official visit schedule, during an official visit, or closer to Signing Day.

"First of all, I'm looking for a great education," Whitehead said. "And also, I'm looking for early playing time – I want to be out there early."

Joe Robinson is recruiting Whitehead for UNC. The two normally speak weekly and last talked on Wednesday morning.

"He was just asking me about my season and how things were going," Whitehead said. "I told him how many sacks I had. He said, ‘We sure could use you at North Carolina.'"

During his official visit, Whitehead spent a lot of time with Robinson and also sat down with Everett Withers.

"We talked about football, but he was really stressing education," Whitehead said. "He was like, ‘You're a student first and we want you to get the best education.'"

Whitehead also spent a great deal of time with his player host, Tim Jackson, during his official visit.

"He's a nice laid back guy," Whitehead said. "He was just filling me in on details of how practice goes and things like that. He's a cool guy."

Whitehead's stay primarily revolved around UNC's 28-17 victory over Virginia.

"The fans, they're pretty in it," Whitehead said. "I liked it. It was a nice game atmosphere. It was real excited down there."

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