McKnight: I've always liked FSU

Jonathan McKnight is very familiar with the recruiting scene due to him watching his older brother, Joe McKnight, be heavily recruited in 2007. It's now the cornerback's turn as several programs have been showing interest in McKnight. NoleDigest caught up with Jonathan to get his thoughts on his recruitment and to see where the Seminoles stand with him heading into his process.

Jonathan McKnight is a recruit who's been on the scene in Louisiana since 2007. After his older brother was recruited by nearly every program in the nation many recruitniks turned their attention to Jonathan McKnight. The John Curtis standout has seen interest from top BCS programs come early, with one offering him thus far.

"Recruiting is going go so far, but I haven't really talked to a lot of schools yet," said McKnight about how his recruitment has been so far. "Alabama is my only offer, but LSU, Georgia, USC are showing me interest. I'd also like to get involved with Florida State, too."

Some people already have Jonathan pegged as a Trojan as they feel they'll follow his older brother, Joe, to USC. At this time USC is a school Jonathan is looking at, but he says they don't fit into his top 3.

"Right now I have a top 3 in Alabama, FSU and Georgia," explained McKnight. "LSU and USC are being considered. Honestly I am really looking at going to college out of state because I want to see something different and see what else is out there. Even though my brother goes to USC, I will make my own decision. I haven't talked to him about recruiting but I will eventually."

When asked what he liked about his top 3 schools, he mentioned something specific about each.

Alabama: "I've camped there two years in a row now, and I have a good relationship with Coach Smart," said McKnight. "Also it is my first offer."

FSU: "I've always liked FSU because of their style of play and just because of the school," McKnight said. "I haven't talked to the coaches there yet but they have a lot of tradition that I'd like to be apart of. An offer from them would mean a lot to me."

Georgia: "I don't know much about them yet, but I want to learn more because they've been playing well," said McKnight.

McKnight told NoleDigest that some schools are looking at him as an athlete, while the majority wants him as a corner on the next level. He feels he can play on both sides of the ball, but in the end feels he'll make more of an impact as a defensive back.

"I'm a corner but I can also play wide receiver," said McKnight. "I want to play corner in college because I have always liked playing defense more. I've been playing there since I was a kid. I feel like with my size (6'1" 175 pounds) and speed I can be a good college corner."

Don't look for a decision from McKnight until Signing Day of 2010. Until then he plans on going to camps this summer and then making his visits before then.

"I'm going to try to get to a bunch of camps over the summer," McKnight said, "but I don't know who I will camp with yet. I think those will help look for the program that fits be best. I'm going to take all of my visits and wait until the last minute to make my decision."

If the Seminoles show interest in McKnight and offer, look for FSU to play a role in Jonathan's recruitment. At this time he seems pretty set on going to college out of state, and FSU has always been a school he's been interested in. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jonathan, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class.


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