It is always an honor to play in an all-star game, but when you get to travel to a place you have never been and see things you have never seen, it is even more special.
Martin Luther King defensive end/outside linebacker Kenderius Whitehead will have that opportunity as he travels out to Phoenix to play in the Semper Fidelis All American Game.
The game will take place on January 3, but Whitehead will make the trip on Dec. 29, and the whole experience will be something brand new for the star pass rusher.
"We will leave on December 29 and be out there for New Years and all, and it will be the first time I've done anything like this," he said. "I'm pretty excited about it."
The Peach State star had a monster senior season with 19 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss, and he be able to combine his natural pass rushing ability with some tips he learned from a coach on the recruiting trail to make an impact in the All-American game.
"I'll definitely have a chance to rush the passer because I'll be playing outside linebacker in the 3-4," said Whitehead. "Coach (Todd) Grantham showed me some stuff back in the spring about playing the position and I should be able to use those things too."
Back in the spring, Whitehead considered committing before his senior season, but he and his mother decided to wait until he had taken all of his visits.
Whitehead has one official visit left to Clemson, but he is giving serious consideration to committing during the Semper Fidelis game telecast.
"I'll be honest with you," he said. "I'm really thinking about making my announcement at the game. I had planned to wait until signing day, but I'm thinking about committing this weekend"
As for his last visit to Clemson, the three star prospect believes he knows plenty about the Tigers already.
"I've seen Clemson a couple of times already," said Whitehead. "I know a lot about them from those two visits so I may not take that visit."
When it comes to his expectations for the All-American bowl, Whitehead is relaxed and realistic.
"I just want to go out there, have fun, and show what I can do," he said.
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