Whitehead, rated a four-star cornerback by Scout.com, had already given his verbal pledge to Mississippi State; this after earning numerous postseason accolades, including a selection to the Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen team.
He even represented his home state in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game in December.
But as quickly as 2010 ended, 2011 began. And not even a week into the New Year, Whitehead's future in football is far from certain. Actually, to Whitehead, his recruitment is almost back to where it began.
"It's a little crazy," Whitehead said. "I'm thinking about reconsidering (my commitment). I'm talking things over with my family, trying to see what I'm going to do."
Whitehead was taken aback by reports Wednesday of Manny Diaz, Mississippi State's defensive coordinator over a 9-4 season, bolting to Austin, Texas for the same position at Texas.
Diaz, Whitehead said, was a key component in his commitment to the Bulldogs. Whitehead committed to Mississippi State in April.
"Ole Miss and some other schools have been contacting me," he said. "The Mississippi State coaching staff, there's been a lot of change this week."
When asked of how committed he is to Mississippi State, the 6-foot, 183-pound Whitehead said he "didn't know. I really don't know."
He has two official visits scheduled this month, including a trip to Starkville the weekend of Jan. 14 and another to Oxford a week later.
Whitehead visited Stanford in October. He's also open to Auburn.
Whitehead holds scholarship offers from each school.
"I want to see a family, a great group of coaches and some great people to be around," Whitehead said. "That's what I'm looking for" (when he takes his visits.)
Whitehead has kept in consistent contact with other highly-regarded Mississippi prospects, among them four-star wide receivers Tobias Singleton (Madison, Miss.) and Nickolas Brassell (Batesville, Miss.).
Singleton is currently uncommitted, but has narrowed his choices to Ole Miss and Mississippi State, as has been widely reported. Brassell is committed to Mississippi State.
The two are set to announce their respective college choices during NBC's broadcast of the U.S. Army All-American bowl Saturday at noon. Both are participating in the game.
"I mean, I do want to play with those guys, but I've got to do what's best for me first," Whitehead said. "It's one of the things I'd like to do, but I'm going to go to the place that's best for me."
Of the schools Whitehead is considering, two, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, stand out.
"The best thing is (Mississippi State) is all about football," he said. "They have a very young team that's been playing very well. I can go in and try to help."
And Ole Miss:
"It's a great academic school. They have the greatest bunch of coaches that me and mom have met this year. We love those guys. They're a great group of guys. They just keep it real."
Whitehead rushed for 805 yards on 60 carries as a senior for Amanda Elzy High School. Scout.com's No. 21 nationally-ranked cornerback, Whitehead also recorded 61 tackles and four interceptions.