Chris Whittaker - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 97


  • position Linebacker
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 227
  • class Redshirt Freshman
  • Hometown Hollywood, Fla.
  • High school Chaminade-Madonna

2018 – r-Freshman

  • Practiced with the team

2017 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season

High School

  • A three-star recruit
  • Scout lists him as the 12th-best defensive end in the state of Florida
  • Listed as the 55th strong-side defensive end in the nation and the 148th-best prospect in Florida in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports
  • ESPN ranks him the 213th-best prospect in Florida and the 106th-best defensive end in the class of 2017
  • ESPN scouting report says, “Whittaker has adequate length and overall size with limited upside to continue growth. Has good power and short area burst. Continued development of his
  • strength will benefit. His high athletic ability gives him upside for quick development.”
  • Rivals’ Justin Rowland says, “Whittaker is built like a traditional 4-3 defensive lineman in the making but his ability to stand up and rush off the edge is a testament to his athleticism. He’s one of several players in this class who make Kentucky bigger on the edge and better at getting after the quarterback.”
  • Coached by Dameon Jones
  • Helped Chaminade-Madonna to a 10-5 overall record and an appearance in the Class 3A state championship game
  • Compiled 77 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries during his senior campaign
  • High school teammate of fellow 2017 signee Josh Ali
  • Picked Kentucky over offers from Central Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Notre Dame, and Georgia


  • Born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Son of Jewell McDonald
  • Major is pre-communication
Read more