25  Cantrell McKinley
Cantrell McKinley


Texarkana, Texas

High School:

Last College:
Southern/Northland CC

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 203



Strong, physical player joined team in August 2012 ... Practiced at safety last season, then moved to cornerback in the spring ... Showed toughness and intensity in practice.

2012 (Junior): Transferred to Kentucky and redshirted.

at Northland Community College: Played running back during the 2011 season at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls, Minn.

at Southern: Played running back during the 2010 season for Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

High School: Three-year starter at Liberty Eylau HS in Texarkana, Tex. ... Played running back, wide receiver, linebacker and safety ... Named all-district and all-region as a senior ... Made approximately 65 tackles as a senior with four pass breakups, three fumbles caused and returned a fumble for a touchdown ... Helped team to a pair of state playoff appearances ... Coached by Pat Brady ... Competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, 4x100 relay and high jump for the track team ... Track team was state runner-up his senior year ... Also competed in Junior Olympics qualifiers ... Member of the powerlifting team, setting every school record in the 198-pound class ... Finished fifth at the state lifting meet ... President of the junior class ... Member of the student council ... Honor-roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born in Texarkana ... Son of Ruby McKinley and James McKinley ... Cantrell's brother, Michael Lehan, played football at the University of Minnesota and six years in the NFL with Miami and Cleveland ... Major is kinesiology.

Cantrell Says ... My favorite thing about Coach Stoops is: he is hands down the best coach I've ever had ... My favorite college class is: anything Kim Woodrum teaches ... My game-day superstition is: talking to my mama ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: the support ... My hidden talent is: I can draw, rap and write poetry.

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium