Three-star defensive lineman Chris Whittaker has committed to the University of Central Florida Knights’ football program, according to a Sunday morning report from Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio. Whittaker appeared to initially be favoring the University of Kentucky Wildcats, but the 6-4, 246-pound lineman spurned the alleged frontrunners in favor of the Knights.
Whittaker, who graduates in 2017, currently plays his high school football at Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida. He had 26 offers in total, many of which came from big-named schools throughout the country, but the defensive end decided to stay close to home.
Whittaker is a three-star prospect who is ranked as the 48th-best weakside defensive end in the country, according to 247 Sports. He was also ranked as the seventh-best defensive end overall in the state of Florida.
Earlier in the summer, prior to his eventual interest in heading to Kentucky, it seemed as though Whittaker was leaning toward the South Carolina Gamecocks, calling the program his “favorite” at one point. However, things obviously changed over the course of the last couple of months as he will be heading to Central Florida with Kentucky also entering the mix along the way.
The Knights opened up the school’s 2016 regular season by hammering South Carolina State by the tune of 38-o on Saturday evening. Although there is now only one week in the books, the school already has more wins than they did all of last season.
In 2015, Central Florida encountered quite the tumultuous campaign as the Knights finished the year with a disappointing and winless 0-12 overall record alongside a 0-8 mark in conference play.