Virginia Tech has been hitting the 2012 recruiting trail hard this late winter, extending a good amount of scholarship offers over the course of the past few months. In this edition of “Notes” TSL profile four of Tech’s newer offers, including three prospects from the state of Georgia and one from North Carolina.
Whitehead, Sealand and Parris
Tech has enjoyed recent success in recruiting the state of Georgia, most recently with Christian Reeves (TE, Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough) in the 2011 class and Davion Tookes (CB, Creekside H.S. in Fairburn) in 2012. Here is a look at three of the newer offers extended to Georgia prep 2012 products.
Kenderius Whitehead, DE/OLB, Monroe Area (Monroe, GA)
Monroe Area High School (Monroe, GA) produced Notre Dame-bound defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the 2011 class. Head coach Matt Fligg boasts another top defensive end in 2012 in 6-5, 215-pound Kenderius Whitehead, a prospect athletic enough to potentially play outside linebacker on the next level.
“He has a high motor and is very, very quick,” Fligg said. “He runs very well and has a huge wing span. But his aggressiveness is what makes this kid go.”
The determination is there as well. As a freshman, Whitehead, on the junior varsity at the time, would come to varsity practices and even run gassers with the varsity players. The experience served Whitehead well, as he earned a starting position as a sophomore.
“I beat out a senior at the spot, so I had the opportunity to play on the varsity my sophomore year,” Whitehead said. “I showed I really had it in me. I care about the game so much. I wanted to be out on the field and I did whatever it took. The speed and the tempo were much faster than in the ninth grade. It was about getting a hang of it and a rhythm. As I’ve gone on, I’ve gotten quicker and stronger.”
Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech have offered Whitehead, who is being recruited as an outside linebacker/defensive end. Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Torrian Gray, came through with an offer late last month. The Hokies offered another Monroe Area star, Demontevious Smith, in the 2011 class before losing out to Georgia Tech.
“I’ve talked to [Coach Gray] before. We were just talking and he was saying...
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