Athens Academy 4-star ILB Len’Neth Whitehead knows that Muhammad Ali was the first G.O.A.T.
That’s what moved him to show off another one of his many talents besides 4.50 speed in the 40, his slot as the nation’s No. 7 ILB prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings and some state champion-level distance on his shot put throws.
It is one of the best parts about covering and chronicling the moves of the state’s top players. Whitehead’s most recent one came when he showed off his skills as an actor.
He promised DawgNation earlier this spring that he had a monologue in the hopper that mirrored Will Smith’s Oscar-nominated turn from the movie “Ali” as the all-time great.
“I felt like it was a challenge as an actor and it gives me the ability to be someone opposite of me,” Whitehead said.
Check out this highlight film on Whitehead performing on a different stage.
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How do those stage lights compare to those Friday Night Lights?
“Different for sure,” he said. “In games, I’m never nervous, but in the heat of the game, my energy level is through the roof. In acting, I am nervous before I am on the stage, but once I step foot on the stage and become someone else, everything is a blur as to what happens.”
He did receive an “A” for his effort in his Advanced Acting Studies class at Athens Academy.
“I really don’t remember the actual scene,” he said. “For the most part, I tried to be Muhammad as much as possible. But it was incredible.”
The timely recruiting update for Len’Neth Whitehead
Whitehead resides on the top shelf of the remaining ILB targets for the Bulldogs in the 2020 class. Georgia won’t go heavy at the ILB spot like it has in previous years with promising freshmen (Rian Davis, Nakobe Dean and Trezmen Marshall) and a pair of impressive sophomores (Channing Tindall and Quay Walker) on campus.
But the might try to sign a couple of ILBs in a potential LB class of three-to-four future Bulldogs in this cycle.
DawgNation projects that 4-star Trenton Simpson and 5-star Justin Flowe and Whitehead are at the top of the board for the position.
Don’t look for any big officials for Whitehead in May. Why? He’s just too busy with school and track and spring football.
“With school and exams coming up, I’m going to wait until this summer,” Whitehead said.
Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Carolina have been the big contenders here.
“Right now I feel like I’ll be to able to make my decision by this summer,” he told DawgNation on Thursday.
That will call for June official visits for Team Whitehead.
“More than likely,” he said. “I want to work out details throughout this month.”
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