July 28, 2009

McKnight talks recruiting

Round Rock (TX) High School safety [DB]Jeremy McKnight[/DB] knows that most people expect football players to be a certain size - big. But for McKnight it's all about playing big. His 5-foot-9 170 pound frame is less like a typical safety and more like Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts. McKnight hopes that coaches around the country will look at Sanders and conclude that size really shouldn't matter.

"The biggest thing that I look for in a school is that the coaches don't really judge a player by his height," McKnight says. "It should be about how you play."

McKnight certainly played big in his junior season, finishing with 155 tackles, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Combine those numbers with his performances at recent camps (including 4.46 40 at the Austin National Underclassmen Combine) and McKnight should garner even more attention heading into his senior season. He already has a number of teams in the running for his services.

"I'm looking at South Florida, Texas Tech, UTEP, Louisiana Tech and Memphis," McKnight says. "That's some of the schools I'm looking at. Louisiana Tech is still coming after me the hardest, but I'm definitely interested in Memphis."

McKnight says he was able to see some of Memphis while driving back from the Ole Miss Camp on July 25. Though the Tigers are not actively recruiting him at this point, McKnight has taken notice of the way Memphis plays football.

"They play a lot of good teams and they're always really competitive," McKnight says. "I just like the way they play ball down there."

McKnight says he tries to model his play after the late Sean Taylor, a former All-American at Miami (FL) and Pro Bowl safety for the Washington Redskins. Like Taylor, McKnight says he can cover wide receivers as well as come up in the box and deliver a big hit, but he seems to take a certain enjoyment out of the latter.

"I love to come up and hit," McKnight says. "That's what I'm looking forward to about the upcoming season: I'm just looking forward to hitting more people."

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