The Texas Longhorns haven’t been involved with Athens Academy (Ga.) athlete Len’Neth Whitehead too long, yet they’ve still emerged as one of his top teams.
On Thursday, the Peach State product released his final seven schools, and Texas remains alive and well in this recruitment, alongside Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin, he announced on Twitter.
Texas’ inclusion in Whitehead’s final group comes less than two months after the Horns put an offer on the table on May 14. Colorado, Michigan, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma are among the programs that did not survive Whitehead’s cut.
At 6’1, 230 pounds, Whitehead has remarkable athleticism that will help him along the way as he develops over the years. The Georgia native has clocked a 40-yard dash at 4.80 seconds and has a 38.8 inch vertical jump. Whitehead plays both running back and linebacker for Athens Academy, but he’ll likely suit up at linebacker at the next level. To that end, he’s ranked as the nation’s No. eight inside linebacker and as the No. 218 player overall, per the 247Sports Composite.
Whitehead is one of just two uncommitted inside linebackers on Texas’ big board, along with to-ranked Upland (Calif.) product Justin Flowe. Thus far, each of his four Crystal Ball picks favor the home-state Bulldogs.