Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. The call here is a visit with a potential impact recruit who will not break the bank on the official visit tab coming from Clarke County. That’s 4-star ILB target Len’Neth Whitehead out of Athens Academy.
ATHENS – There was a moment last week where the recruiting beat intersected with a post-practice press conference. The specific instance involved the recruitment of 4-star Athens Academy ILB Len’Neth Whitehead. (First name phonetics: It rhymes with “beneath.”
It came while Kirby Smart was taking accountability for the recent allegations and arrests on his team. The current tally is six arrests in the off months since the last game.
Smart was frustrated. Clearly. But this connection came while he was answering a question about what he can do as the leader of the program to prevent future occurrences.
He said: “I think the biggest thing is you say ‘Alright, what is your selection process? What are your criteria when you go to select players?’ You want to get guys of high character that make good decisions.”
To be clear, there are dozens of players like that on the team now. Their stories and families clearly reflect how privileged they feel to be studying and playing ball at the University of Georgia.
How does one streamline that selection process Smart brought up? He has no exact criteria. No school does.
GPAs and test scores can be a part of the procedure. But that needs to mesh with evaluation and character references from coaches and teachers and school administrators.
He could fit the “superhero” mold worn by today’s kids. Or the scary sight of a linebacker with a 4.5 laser in the 40 filling up “A” gap and “B” gap.
“He loves his people,” Alexander said of Whitehead. “He loves people. He’s sort of like a rock star at this school. He’s so generous and he’s so nice. He is pleasant to be around. I’ve never heard him say a disrespectful word, be disrespectful or say something bad about somebody. I know some of that is talk, but it is the truth with him.”
The real fun from our conversation was testing him on monologues. Whitehead is deeply interested in the dramatic arts. He could see himself as an actor one day.
The budding thespian was shooting back lines for strong male characters in Oscar-nominated films. He centered on a Will Smith read from the movie “Ali.”
It was fun seeing that side of a terrific football player who also excels in track and field.
Whitehead is a clear state champion contender and a collegiate athlete in the shot put, too. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
The athletic profile for Le’Neth Whitehead