3-star OT Hunter Knighton enjoys USF visit

Hunter Knighton, an offensive tackle/defensive end out of the Hun School in Princeton, N.J. has 14 offers and has begun the process of checking out schools. The 3-star prospect made an unofficial visit to USF on Friday and came away very impressed. Knighton recaps the visit, decision timetable and where the Bulls stand.

The Hun School's Hunter Knighton, a two-way lineman from Princeton (N.J.) made the trip south to check out USF and see what the Bulls had to offer for an unofficial visit today.

"I just finished with the USF visit and it went great!" said Knighton. "The campus and facilities were great, and I really liked Coach Holtz and the rest of the staff."

The 6-foot-5, 267-pound prospect is rated the 55 best tackle by Scout, and is being recruited on both sides of the ball by different colleges, but is being looked at on offense by USF.

"They're recruiting me for offensive tackle," said Knighton. "I don't care where I play, as long as I'm winning. My athleticism and aggressiveness are my best assets as an offensive lineman."

Knighton got to tour the campus, facilities, attend a few meetings and see what life was like in Tampa.

"The campus is beautiful and the facilities were great," said Knighton. "Everything seemed very new."

Without knowing what to expect, Knighton said one thing really surprised him while on his visit.

"I would have to say the facilities, they were much better than I thought they be," said Knighton. "They were really nice."

Another thing which impressed Knighton was the Bulls approach to academics.

"The academics were just what I'm looking for in a school," said Knighton. "They very focused on school as much as football."

While on campus, Knighton got to spend quality time with the USF offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler and the rest of the coaching staff, and liked what he heard.

"I like the o-line coach, he's great and reminds me of the o-line coach I have now," said Knighton. "I really like the whole staff. They're a bunch of guys who want to win as bad as I do."

"They said I have a great opportunity to play early," said Knighton. "I can also see that they really want to win and are in a good position to take the Big East."

At the conclusion of the visit, the New Jersey prospect got to have a one-on one with Bulls head Coach Skip Holtz.

"Talking with Coach Holtz was great," said Knighton. "We covered everything, the whole time frame of things and explained why he wants me there."

"He obviously has a great coaching pedigree," said Knighton. "I also I liked how excited he is about where USF is heading."

Knighton has 14 offers including ones from South Florida, Rutgers, Boston College, Connecticut, Northwestern, Purdue, Massachusetts, Army, Buffalo, Navy, Tulane and Yale, but isn't ready to name any leaders

"I'm not making my favorite list public until September,'" said Knighton. "That will be after I take some more summer unofficial visits."

Knighton, who already visited Rutgers plans on being busy with visits and has a few lined up already. 

"I'm going to Miami on Saturday," said Knighton. "I also plan to see Boston College and Michigan State for sure right now."

The 3-star offensive tackle talked about how the visit affected how he felt about USF.

"I didn't know as much coming in, but I feel a lot better about the school now that I visited," said Knighton.  "USF will be a school I'm going to take another visit to for sure!"

The standout lineman, who plans to graduate in December, talked about how and when he'll make his college choice.

"I'm going to narrow it down to a top five in the fall and then take some official visits," said Knighton. "I'll probably decide in late November or early December."

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