PHOENIX - Three schools are still within striking distance for Kenderius Whitehead and after one more visit the three-star defensive end from Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King should be ready to make his commitment.
Whitehead, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound recruit, said NC State and Georgia are on the top - he has visited both places - but things could change quickly after his upcoming trip to Clemson.
"Those are the main three," Whitehead said. "I checked out NC State and I checked out Georgia and I got a good feel for both of them. I'm going to check out Clemson on the 15th of January.
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"NC State and Georgia are neck-and-neck. All of them are neck-and-neck so I have to take that last visit to Clemson to see how it is."
Clemson still has a legitimate chance with Whitehead, who finished with 103 tackles and 16 sacks in his senior season, mainly because of his relationship with defensive ends coach Marion Hobby.
"The visit is pretty big," Whitehead said. "Coach Hobby is coming at me hard. I talk to him just about every other week. Every time I get an opportunity to talk to him I talk to him. We're communicating really well and building our relationship."
The trips to NC State and Georgia went well for Whitehead, rated No. 25 at weak-side defensive end and in the Georgia state rankings by Rivals.com.
The Lithonia Martin Luther King prospect was especially impressed with coach Tom O'Brien at NC State. Georgia is the local school and Whitehead said that is playing a factor as he considers his options.
"Coach O'Brien, I talked to him, and he's a great man," Whitehead said. "I liked how he told me his plan to change around the program.
"Georgia is the hometown team. It's a great atmosphere there with the football. That's a big draw that they're in the SEC and they played for the conference championship. They were basically telling me they need me and want me and they're trying to convince me to come."