Gators land all-around tight end

The Florida football staff took three tight ends in the 2014 class and only one of them would project as a possible in-line type of prospect at the position. But, a more well-rounded tight end is what you are looking at with the Gators latest commitment in Camrin Knight, a kid that lives for knocking heads at the line of scrimmage and can really make a play deep as well.

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln head coach Yusef Shakir thinks the world of Camrin Knight and his ability. Slowed by a very young offensive squad last year, especially at the line of scrimmage, Shakir had to rely on Knight for his blocking prowess more than he would like. He expects to open things up a bit more for Knight as a senior in 2014.

"He will play tight end there," said Shakir who also uses Knight as a defensive end. "He is very athletic and plays basketball. He has good hands and is a smooth runner. He can get out wide. They really like him because of his versatility."

But his film rally shows you his tenacity in the trenches, and that is something the Gators may lose a lot of with the graduation of two senior tight ends in 2014.

"He's very aggressive," Shakir said. "At Lincoln we have been known as being a physical football team."

Knight himself says he feels like he can play like New Orleans all-pro tight end Jimmy Graham.

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"My biggest strength is catching the ball, route running and my blocking as well," he said. "I try to play like Jimmy Graham. They use him as a receiver and as a blocking tight end. He is really effective on the field in the offense."

As far as the commitment, Coach Shakir wanted Knight and his family to make sure the family didn't rush into anything. He was offered by Florida a couple of weeks ago and it was a big offer. Before they tripped to Gainesville this weekend, the coach asked them not to make a rush decision, to come back home, and think things over.

"He actually (committed) when I was right next to him," Coach Shakir said. "He went to the Junior Day this past weekend. They offered him two weeks ago, but wanted to see him first, talk to him in person and meet his parents. He went down there. I always tell my kids to come back home, talk to your parents about it, and sleep on it and make sure the feeling is real.

"Kids are impulsive, when our kids commit, they commit. I don't let them visit elsewhere or entertain others. For us at Lincoln, their word is their bond.

"He enjoyed it, his parents loved it, and so he went ahead and did it."

For Knight, he is so happy to have finally announced the decision, which he did on Twitter right after he made it.

"It feels good, I am excited" he said. "The education and stuff that they had there are the best. They are building up the program and it is close to home."

Derek Lewis is the beneficiary of this commitment. Florida's tight end coach is a terrific recruiter and helped assistant Mike Summers land this one.

"Coach Lewis has been big in my recruitment" Knight said. "He talks to me about things. He likes my aggressiveness, that I can make some big plays, and that I am not afraid to block someone."

Off the field, Coach Shakir says the 6-foot-4, 220 pounder "is a very nice kid… and does everything we ask him to do." Knight likes what he sees as his future as a Gator.

"I feel like I can be a key to help them win and the new offensive scheme is a good thing," Knight said. "I'm going to be very spirited and ready to work to win games."

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