January 19, 2009
Georgia linebacker might pick school this week
Lithonia (Martin Luther King), Ga., linebacker Joel Kight isn't quite ready to announce his college decision.
However, the hard-hitting, three-star prospect plans to make his choice by the end of this week or the first of next week.
Kight, a 5-foot-9, 200-pounder, is the younger brother of former Florida and NFL standout Kelvin Kight. The younger Kight visited Ole Miss this past weekend and has narrowed his list of prospective schools to the Rebels, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State.
Kight said the one thing that stood out most from his 48 hours in Oxford is Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.
"Coach Nutt is a players' coach," Kight said. "I really liked Coach Nutt. I've never seen a coach act like that. He acted like he's one of the boys."
Kight said Ole Miss' coaches told him he would have a great opportunity to play early for the Rebels.
"It's a real great opportunity for me," Kight said. "They want me to play will or safety. (Ashlee Palmer) was a senior, so it'd be wide open. I'd have to work hard and compete. All I really wanted was a chance."
Kight said that while he's intrigued by playing in the same conference as the one his brother dominated, Ole Miss' Southeastern Conference affiliation won't help or hurt the Rebels' chances.
"Football is football," Kight said. "Whatever conference you go to, you have to play football. He said it's just more public and you have to always bring your A-game. It's basically where I have the best fit among the players, playing time and education."
Kight said he planned to talk to his family early this week and get their thoughts. However, Kight said, "They want it to be my decision."
Some of his three finalists, meanwhile, are getting a little antsy about their scholarship situations with National Signing Day just more than two weeks away.
"Georgia Tech said they want to use all their scholarships, so they want me to let them know," Kight said. "Oklahoma State, I kind of get a feel that they want to know. Coach Nutt said the scholarship is going to be there. It's up to me to take it."
Kight is ranked as the nation's No. 56 inside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com.
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