Kight Down To Three

Linebacker Joel Kight discusses his official visit to update and gives an update on his top schools.

Lithonia, Ga.—With a need for linebackers not only in the future but also immediately for the 2009 team, Joel Kight is once again being recruited by Auburn. He took an official visit to Auburn this weekend and says the Tigers are among his leaders.

"Right now it's between Auburn, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State," Kight explains. "I'm just open-minded right now. I've got to pray about it and get the best fit for me."

Kight's player host was cornerback Aairon Savage.

"It went good," Kight says of his visit. "It went real good. I got along with the people and I'll have an opportunity to play. Now it's just sitting down with my brother (Kelvin Kight), because he went through this whole deal before, and seeing if this is the best fit for me."

Kight's older brother, Kelvin, played at Florida and had a brief career with the New England Patriots.

"We looked at the academic center and the student center," Kight said. "(Saturday) night we ate at the stadium. They let us put on the jerseys and walk onto the field. They had the highlights playing with music. That was really nice. They told us about not stepping on the AU (logo). That it represents no one stepping or walking over them."

The King High School linebacker checks in at 5-9, 218 pounds and posted a 4.56 40-yard dash at a combine prior to his senior year.

He was briefly recruited by Auburn's old staff and admits it was a bit of a surprise when the new staff offered him just recently.

"I want to say I got it last Tuesday from the new coaching staff," he says of the AU offer. "After I came to the (summer) camp I talked to Coach (Eddie) Gran and he said he was going to come to the first game. I never heard anything after that."

However, with the new staff he already knows several of the new coaches who were recruiting Kight at other programs.

"A lot of the (new Auburn) coaches offered me from the other schools," he says. "Iowa State offered me, Minnesota offered me and Coach (Tracy) Rocker from Ole Miss offered me. I know a lot of the coaches."

Kight is a two-star prospect but has almost countless offers. "I believe my coach told me I have 43," he jokes. "You can't remember all 43, but I know I had a lot of them."

Kight says that he hopes to have a decision made this week and Auburn, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are the top contenders. He has already taken all five of the allowed official visits–Boston College on Oct. 18, Oklahoma State on Dec. 10, Georgia Tech on Dec. 19, Ole Miss on Jan. 16 and Auburn this weekend.

Kight, who plans on majoring in business, says that academics will play a big part in his decision. "Football doesn't last forever," he explains. "You have to get a good degree. Also, I want a chance to play. I don't want to be on the bench. That's just how I was taught. That's one of the biggest things."

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