Kenderius Whitehead, one of the top uncommitted prospects in Georgia, made an official visit to North Carolina State this weekend and came away impressed by what he experienced and saw in Raleigh.
"It was pretty nice," said Whitehead, a standout defensive end for Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King. "It ranked pretty high. It surprised me a lot. It went pretty well. I liked the coaches and how the players played. And the atmosphere was tremendous. They've got a good, sturdy coaching staff. The campus was nice. A lot of people don't realize that but it was nice. I was impressed."
Not surprisingly, the game - a 37-13 upset win over No. 7 Clemson at Carter-Finley Stadium - stood out to the 6-feet-4, 210-pounder.
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"They pulled out a big win," Whitehead said. "I like how they let their ends come off the edge and things like that. I also like how they have the tackles doing stunts."
For Whitehead, a three-star prospect and the country's No. 34 weakside defensive end, this was official No. 2. He previously visited North Carolina.
One week before checking out Raleigh, he was in Clemson for an unofficial. The Tigers and Georgia also will get officials, though Whitehead said the dates for those visits have not yet been arranged. There is a chance he could take a fifth official, he added.
Who is pursuing him the hardest?
"Actually, all of them are recruiting me hard," Whitehead said. "All of them really want me."
Whitehead now has 18 sacks this season. He recorded two in Friday night's second-round playoff win, both coming in the third quarter. Because of his size and athleticism, Whitehead could play either end or outside linebacker in college.
"It depends on whether the team is running the 3-4 or the 4-3," Whitehead said. "It really doesn't matter to me what I play. I feel like I can play any position."