October 27, 2010

Any room left for Knight?

Kenny Knight, a three-star wide receiver prospect from Beverly Hills (MI), knows the Badgers have received a number of verbal commitments at his position over the past few weeks.

With DelVaughn Alexander as his primary recruiting coach, Knight also knows where the staff has him on UW's recruiting boards.

"He explained that to me," Knight, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect from Country Day High School, said. "He keeps saying that they have a few guys chomping at the bit to kind of steal that spot. He's just trying to alert me and let me know the situation at hand. But he's not pressuring me any more than any other school. All he's doing is letting me know that I still stand very highly at Wisconsin.

"And he would like to coach me up in the future. Hopefully we can make that happen."

Knight, who is preparing to lead his undefeated squad into the Michigan State playoffs this weekend, says he has a very solid relationship with Alexander.

"My relationship with coach Alexander is great," Knight said. "We talk on Facebook. Everybody is getting so hip these days with the coaches. I talk to him every week almost. We were talking the other day about their close games over the past weeks. He keeps giving me these tips on trying to be strong and physical and he's just trying to help me be a better receiver every single week."

Though he's focused on completing a special senior season now, Knight says he would like to get on the road and see some schools when the year comes to a close.

"I definitely plan on spending some more time in Indiana," Knight said. "It's definitely a great school and I've had a couple of great visits there and Cincinnati as well. Wisconsin is definitely a top school up there, (too).

"Then I'm kind of on the fence to see what I'm going to do with my last two visits. I'm still waiting to see if some offers come after the season and see if I hear back from some people. I can't really speak on what I'm going to do with those last two yet.

"But those are my three that I'm planning on taking after the season and I'll schedule those accordingly."

In addition to UW's offer, Knight also has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Toledo. At this juncture, a number of those schools continue to pursue the standout senior at a high rate.

"Indiana is showing me a lot of attention," Knight said. "Cincinnati is, (too). Minnesota and Toledo are definitely pushing at it. I've been in contact with Stanford and Cal as well. They're showing me a lot of interest and Purdue is as well. I have interest there. All those schools are being very understanding now and letting me finish out my season.

"It's helping. It's a lot more relaxing not having to pick up the phone every five seconds."

Knowing Knight intends to utilize most, if not all, of his visits after his season concludes, it's obvious a timeframe for a college decision seems to still be a bit down the road.

"I'm definitely going to finish out my season," Knight said. "Hopefully that's five more weeks and we'll get to the State championship and win that. Then I'll make my decision after that and after I take my official visits.

"That's definitely the plan and hopefully things go accordingly."

Wisconsin currently has 16 verbal commitments for the 2011 class, including three wide receiver prospects in Kenzel Doe, Frederick Willis and A.J. Jordan.

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