Posted: 11:02 am Friday, February 7th, 2014

Whitehead ‘true edge-threat type of guy’ 

By Ken Sugiura

Some extras from the story I wrote about Georgia Tech signee Kenderius Whitehead for the paper and myajc, mostly from his coach at Georgia Military College, Bert Williams.

1. Whitehead played at Monroe Area High with Stephon Tuitt, whom Tech nearly landed before he switched to Notre Dame and became an All-American. The two were good friends, and Whitehead came up to Tech with Tuitt on visits before Tech began recruiting Whitehead also. Whitehead transferred to M.L. King High for his senior season.

2. Coming out of high school, Whitehead was ranked the No. 25 weakside defensive end in the country, according to Rivals, and had offers from Tech, Georgia, Clemson, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee among other schools and picked N.C. State over Clemson and Georgia.

He redshirted in 2012 and left after the season for personal reasons and enrolled at GMC in the summer. He helped lead GMC to the national junior college championship game and had 36 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

3. As you might expect, Whitehead’s coach is pretty high on him.

Said Williams, “He’s got a great motor when he’s out there on the field. He runs exceptionally well and plays hard. He’s good about playing snap to whistle all the time out there. Probably the best thing he has, as far as his best tool, just a great get-off coming out of his stance. He can get upfield in a hurry. He’s a true edge-threat type of guy.”

4. He’ll play the rush-end position that has been vacated by Jeremiah Attaochu. Signees KeShun Freeman, Antonio Simmons and Tyler Merriweather are also possibilities. On the roster, Tyler Stargel and Patrick Gamble could be used there also.

5. Whitehead is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. (Whitehead said he was 6-foot-4.) Williams said he “could handle a good 20, 25 pounds and not even think about losing a bit of speed or quickness. He’s got such a broad frame across his shoulders and all that.”

Whitehead will be at GMC at least until May and continue to work out. “Our goal is to try to put some additional mass on him before he gets to Tech.”

6. Whitehead is the first Tech signee who will join Tech after playing at a two-year school since Durant Brooks in 2005. Brooks also came from GMC and went on to win the Ray Guy Award in 2007.

53 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

JacketMan....you are right.  These recruiting services just want into your wallet for your hard earned cash.  Take them for what they are; entertainment purpose only!  If you are an adult, why would you give these folks $ to learn what they have to say about 17 & 18 yr olds?  I guess B.T. Barnham had it right.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I constantly read what he is "listed" at, rather than what he weighs."

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I've thought that about a lot of our players for a long time.  We have O-Linemen listed at 290-300+.  From my perspective at near field level and on TV, I subjectively must believe then, that VTs, UGAs, Clemson's and Miami's D-Lines must average about 350+...

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

5. Whitehead is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. (Whitehead said he was 6-foot-4.) Williams said he “could handle a good 20, 25 pounds and not even think about losing a bit of speed or quickness. He’s got such a broad frame across his shoulders and all that.”

Whitehead will be at GMC at least until May and continue to work out. “Our goal is to try to put some additional mass on him before he gets to Tech.”

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This is the kind of stuff you do with players that are recent HS GRADS, KW will have already been out of HS 2 years by the time he gets to GT.

Why is it so hard to accurate Ht. & Wt. numbers on this player?

I constantly read what he is "listed" at, rather than what he weighs.

The same thing happened with Kallon, he was really fast and athletic coming out of HS, but then GT tried to bulk him up and he lost a lot of flexibility and speed  and looks nothing  like he looked in HS.

No one knows for sure whether or not KW can handle 25 extra pounds and not lose any speed, the FACT is, is that players that come out of the JUCO ranks 2 years out of HS, should be "out of the box ready to go" and already more physically mature than HS recruits, yet here we are talking about KW as if he is a HS recruit needing additional physical maturity.

Next year he will be eligible for the NFL draft and we are talking about him as if he is just out of HS.

KW was supposed to be 220 lbs out of HS and he has been in a college weight program for almost 2 full years, so why is he STILL at 220lbs.

Maybe KW is not able to put on good weight, not all recruits continue to get bigger after they get to college, so far KW's first 2 years out of HS aren't a good omen of his ability to put on more muscle.

JacketMan
JacketMan

By the way, Ken, if I'm not mistaken, Kenderius was considered a high 4-star recruit coming out of High School, but when he came out of Junior College, no one bothered to remember how good he was, and when he played in Jr. College, he proved the ranking was merited.

Now that he signed with the Jackets this year, Whitehead is basically coming in unranked, which has affected GA Tech's perceived National Rankings. Whenever UGA recruits a JC player, and he was highly recruited before; boy are his prior stars included. But Tech?

This is just another example of what a joke these national recruiting services are.

POAD2013
POAD2013

what happened to the EDIT feature? I don't see it after you hit enter now.

GTfan2013
GTfan2013

Ken,

I heard that he wasn't going to be able graduate GMC with an Associate Degree until the END of summer session (end of July).  Did the May date come from the GMC coach or Whitehead or was that just an assumption on your part? 

JacketMan
JacketMan

The other good thing about Kenderius is he still has THREE years of eligibility left, not the two that you normally get with JC transfers.

10percenter
10percenter

I think this was our best pickup this signing day. Whitehead is exactly what we needed. "A true edge-threat type of guy"? Here's to him becoming the new Michael Johnson!

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Besides being a "tweener" what else would Mike Banning (WnE) say are reasons KW will never amount to anything at GT? 


POAD2013,

I'm guessing Tuitt's mom is beginning her house/car shopping being that Stephon's entering the draft?  

POAD2013
POAD2013

That Transferring to M.L. King crap ended this year and the coach was moved to another school. The Cheating in the GHSA is rampant. I hope more parents will turn in the cheaters like they did at M.L.King.

I hope Tuitts mom is happy with her choice of Notre Dame. Stephon didn't graduate(yet) and majored in anthropology. Wow that sounds much better than working on a GT Management degree for sure.

I think  Whitehead was the kid that wanted to study Computer Science and Tech fans were all crazy that he chose NCSU over Tech saying it was all because of Paul Johnson. Well JOHNSON got him after all.

Glad Whitehead decided to come to TECH and I think it will be good for for all parties involved.

I'm really looking for big things from the D. Getting some players back and some exciting players coming in should make for a good season.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I think this guy will be a player.  Good for GT coaching staff to break the mold, and go get a JUCO.

GTBob
GTBob

Whitehead was a great pickup. I wouldn't be surprised if he is starting by the end of next season. He will certainly get significant playing time. 

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

A lot of the top JUCO players are more sought after than the top HS recruits. Cam Newton anybody???

GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

AWESOME news! We're looking forward to having someone step up and try to fill the vacancy left by Jeremiah. I say try because of Jeremiah's talent, motor and effort to leave his best on the field - play after play - game after game. We need more leaders like Jeremiah was. Hopefully,  Whitehead or one of the other signees to that position will step up quickly to fill the void.


juvenal
juvenal

more concerned about the "O", D hurt by losing both safeties & not keeping the ball at crucial times........

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Talk about instant impact, combined with the opportunity to showcase your talents, and this appears to be a great match. This position was probably going to be the most glaring weaknest heading into next season. Big jump from GMC to lining up against the likes of Miami and VaTech , but it seems we have helped Mr Roof & Company with this signing.

Keys to 2015:

  -JT staying healthy

  -OLine improvement(RSFrosh need to step in)

  -Golden's health

  -This kid being disruptive in the opponent's backfield

Just my two cents.

CT_Jacket
CT_Jacket

This is a great background information on a recruit that I was concerned about.  I was worried that Tech was starting to consider a new strategy with JUCO players.  While I'm sure that most of them are great kids, I assume that most of them went the JUCO route for academic reasons.  That's too great of a jump from that level to GT, and I think that would put our improving APR at risk.


He had an impressive list of offers in 2012 and looks like a great pickup for us.  I look forward to seeing Kendrius on the field next season.

GTfan2013
GTfan2013

@Birminham__Jacket  We've talked about this before.  I believe your eyes do deceive you.  You've formed a conclusion.  now you only see that which reinforces your opinion.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Yet we were still able to put points on Clemson, UGA, and Miami this past year.  Bud Foster has always had our number.  Only way we'll put points on them is if CPJ makes adjustments during the game.  He should be doing what he did against Clemson in 2012.  First drive we got stuffed.  Second drive we just ran these streak routes and drove right down the field.  Clemson's D has to respect that for the rest of the game.

30+ points against UGA 3 times

30+ points against Miami 3 times

30+ points against Clemson 5 times

30+ points against VT 0 times

Ghost13
Ghost13

@JacketMan  Jacketman Whiteheads  stars  are counted on Rivals and  Scout. Rivals and  Scout had him a  3 star out of high school in 2012. No one  needs to conspire to make Gt recruiting anything  other than what it is under PJ. How can a program playing in a Mjaor  conference  not sign on player  from its  own states  top 35 players?

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@GTfan2013 thank you for asking; i checked my notes again. Whitehead said hopefully by May.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@D-Sheets  I'm sure but the NFL is no sure thing just ask David Pollack. His mom wanted him at Notre Dame because of the Education and the Strength of their Diploma. She said as much in the AJC when he flipped back to ND from Tech.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@POAD2013 “I never changed my mind in the first place,” she said of her son de-committing to Notre Dame. “Stephon did. The reason he was wavering back and forth all boils down to him not wanting to hurt anybody’s feelings. He had developed relationships with all these coaches and didn’t want to disappoint them. But somebody’s going to have to be disappointed and today it’s Georgia Tech. Tomorrow it’s going to be Georgia Tech and the next day it’s going to Georgia Tech because recruiting stops now.”


-Tuitt's mom

JacketMan
JacketMan

Whitehead was a red shirt his only year at NC State, then transferred to the JC, where he used his 1st year of eligibility. Since he passed the required classes to get into Tech from JC, he doesn't have to sit out a season and is eligible to play next season, with three years of eligibility remaining.

Does that make sense?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@BleedingGold @POAD2013  

LOL!

ROFLMAO!

That has to be one of the funniest rants in the history or RECRUITING!

Someone at GT must have really ticked off Tuitt's Mom!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@BleedingGold in another article she said the Notre Dame Diploma was known all over the world. The contacts he could make being a graduate of Notre Dame were far greater than if he went to TECH.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@MikeBanning According to ESPN, Cam was an 81 and Whitehead with a 79. Even if Cam was a higher prospect, Whitehead still had offers from:  NC State, UGA, Clemson, ECU, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake, and UCF.


Try again, buddy.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

I also think you might have skipped the 2014 season.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@MikeBanning @BleedingGold

Let's see .... 1 vs UGA, 1 vs Miami, 0 vs VT (GT/PJ's win was 28-23), 3 vs Clemson (GT/PJ's first win was 21-17) for a total of 6. 

Sheesh. And here I thought the greatest CFB mind alive today, Mike Banning (WnE) knew the answer.  

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@MikeBanning @JacketMan

Not entirely true ----

NCAA DIVISION I TIME CLOCK:
If you transfer from a two-year college to a Division I school, you must complete all of your seasons of competition within five calendar years from your original date of full-time enrollment in any collegiate institution, including a two-year college. This “five-year clock” does not stop except under special circumstances (i.e., time spent in the armed services, an official church mission). This “five-year-rule” begins the first time you enroll in 12 units and attend the first day of class. If you are unsure of this rule, contact your coach or athletic advisor BEFORE enrolling as a full-time student.
If you are a Qualifier:
• Graduate from two-year college OR
• Need to attend two-year college as a full-time student for at least one semester (excluding summer terms).
• Average 12 transferable units of degree credit for each semester attended (excluding summer terms).
• Need a minimum GPA of 2.50 in transferable units (student enrolling FT on or after August 1, 2012).
 No more than 2 units of PE courses can be used to meet the transfer degree credit or GPA requirements
If you are a Non-Qualifier:
• Need to attend a two-year college as a full-time student for at least three semesters (excluding summer terms).
• Graduate from a two-year college (25% of units must be completed at the two year school that awards the degree).
• Need a minimum of 48 transferable units of degree credit.
 The transferable units MUST include 6 semester units in English, 3 semester units of Math and 3 semester units of Science
• Need a minimum GPA of 2.50 in transferable units and pass 6 units in your last full-time term.
 No more than 2 units of PE courses can be used to meet the transfer degree credit or GPA requirements

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@JacketMan  

First and foremost, once you enter a JUCO, you have to graduate from that JUCO!

KW playing at GT is contingent on him GRADUATING from that JUCO!

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@JacketMan   Yes.  I already understood all that.  I was just curious if he would be classified as a Rs-So or a Rs-Jr with 3 to play.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@ChopChamps95 @POAD2013 @BleedingGold  

Tuitt's mom made the right decision!

He played for  the BCS title, went  undefeated in the Reg. season, will be beloved by ND alums the world over for restoring ND FB to relevancy.

Even with his ND anthropology degree he will be better off than if he played under CPJ.

Don't get mad because his mother made a decision that you don't like, but was the RIGHT decision for her son!

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

@POAD2013 @BleedingGold The one thing I gathered early of from the recruiting of Tuitt was to just tune out the comments his mom made since they were pretty much BS and lies anyway.  I don't fault Stephon at all and hold no hard feelings towards him.  But IMO, his mom handcuffed him into flipping to ND knowing its football prestige, rolling the dice on him being a high draft pick (which he will be) so she could cash in on a meal ticket for the next 10+ years.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

True BleedingG, "details, details".

It will probably be the same list in 15' though.