Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King High School) is not being pressured to go to the University of Georgia by his father, which might come as a surprise to anyone who has ever visited the elder Whitehead's man cave.
"My dad has a room full of UGA stuff," Whitehead said. "He and his family are big-time Dawg fans. He has a big Georgia Bulldog flag in there."
On Georgia game days Whitehead's dad will often be seen riding his red motorcycle with a "big red G on it," according to his son. So it stands to reason that the father would like his son to play for his favorite school. Not so, says Whitehead.
"He isn't pressuring me at all," Whitehead said. "He is happy with wherever I decide to go."
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end is feeling the pressure from someone else close to him though. Teammate and Georgia wide receiver commit Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King High School) wants Whitehead to come with him to play for the Bulldogs.
"He is always in my ear, every day," Whitehead said. "He is in my ear right now."
The lure of playing with a friend might not be enough to entice Whitehead to Athens. He has 17 other offers to choose from. Plus, Whitehead doesn't like Georgia's 3-4 defense as much as he likes the more traditional 4-3 scheme used at other schools.
"I think I want to play end with my hand on the ground," Whitehead said. "I like end because I can get off better and get to the quarterback."
As for which school is recruiting him the hardest, Whitehead says, "Clemson. I like them a lot."
Whitehead has been to a number of schools for unofficial visits including Notre Dame, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina. He said he plans to take official visits to Clemson and "probably to Georgia."
"Georgia has some really nice facilities," Whitehead said. "Blake will tell you that, too. He tells me all the time."