"NC State was in my heart," said Whitehead. "I went down there for two visits, and I came back feeling like that was the place for me.
"I wanted to take one more visit to be sure, and that's why I went to Clemson. I had a good time on that trip, they laid out the red carpet for me, but I knew it wasn't for me."
An all-state selection, Whitehead recorded 103 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior. He held offers from programs such as North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Georgia, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Nebraska, Miami, Notre Dame, and Tennessee before recently narrowing his list to NC State, Clemson, and Georgia.
"I felt more comfortable dealing with coach Reed, coach O'Brien, and coach Willis than anyone else," he said. "I felt like I can trust them, and I can accomplish everything I want at NC State. I know people might ask why I chose NC State, but it came down to a feeling and that's where I felt the most at home.
"I'm pacing around all pumped up about it. I'm ready to sign the papers."
Whitehead is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder is ranked the No. 45 defensive end prospect in the country.
Pack Pride will have more on his decision in the near future so stay tuned!