June 2, 2009
Four-star cornerback picks up Ole Miss offer
Rashad Knight plans to catch up with some family this summer.
The four-star cornerback from Jacksonville (Trinity Christian), Fla., apparently likes to mix business with pleasure.
Knight, who has 15 scholarship offers thanks to his coverage skills and closing speed, picked up an offer from Ole Miss last week when Rebel wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr. was on Florida's Atlantic coast, and the offer has piqued Knight's interest.
"Ole Miss will definitely be a school I'll look into," Knight said. "I have some family from Jackson (Miss.), so this summer, I'm going to go take a look."
Knight, a 5-foot-10, 181-pounder with 4.42-second speed in the 40-yard dash, said he talked to Dickerson "for a good little bit" last week.
"He talked about their place and extended an offer to me," Knight said. "He said they were looking for a couple of (defensive backs). He asked if that was a place I would consider and I said, 'Yes, sir.'"
Knight admitted Monday afternoon that he knows little about Ole Miss. He said he watched former Rebel linebacker Patrick Willis, now an All-Pro with the San Francisco 49ers, during his playing days, but other than that, the Rebels start with a blank slate.
They don't, however, necessarily start from behind. Despite reports that Michigan leads for Knight, he said Monday that he's still open-minded.
"I wouldn't say they're in the lead," Knight said of Rich Rodriguez's Wolverines. "Everyone's pretty much even. I like Michigan a lot. I won't narrow it down until I see some places."
Knight said he wants to see Michigan, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Louisville this summer. He plans to camp at Florida and Florida State.
I'll be looking to see how I feel. I want to see the atmosphere of the city and the school, if I'm comfortable with the coaching staff. If there's a place I feel comfortable, they'll be at the top of my list."
Knight is being tutored at Trinity Christian by former Florida State and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Gerard Ross.
"He's been to the league," Knight said. "He teaches me a lot of things, a lot of techniques. I think I'll be ahead of the game. I think I could come in and play early because of my knowledge."
Knight had 63 tackles, two interceptions and a quarterback sack on defense last season. He added 79 carries for 639 yards and five touchdowns and nine receptions for 150 yards on offense. He is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 18 cornerback.
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