Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's not often a recruit chooses one school over one that played for an SEC title and another who played in a BCS game. That's just what Lithonia (Ga.) defensive end Kenderius Whitehead did however, feeling more comfortable at N.C. State than any other school that was recruiting him.
“I was looking for the best school for me, as far as playing time and my education,” Whitehead told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I want to do computer science and N.C. State is a great school for that degree.”
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound pass rusher picked the school over his other finalists, Georgia and Clemson. Many thought that the Bulldogs were in prime position to land Whitehead but it appeared that heading away from home was a factor in his recruitment.
“I grew up around Athens my whole life,” he said. “I thought about this decision a lot. I just want to see some different places and do different things.”
Whitehead's commitment gives the Wolfpack 22 for the class of 2012 with Signing Day fast-approaching. He is among the highest-rated the staff has landed a pledge from, with Maxpreps ranking him as the 23rd prospect at his position.
"Kenderius shows the speed and quickness off the edge that the college scouts like," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Needs to add weight and strength but his ability to bend off the edge and then explode into the backfield has impressed many a scouts. He shows very quick hands and the ability to play off blocks and find the ball. He has impressed everyone with his hustle, desire, and aggressive style of play. Plays DE in high school and could wind up playing OLB in college."