Jacksonville Product Knight Likes Illinois

Fighting Illini co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch has done an outstanding job recruiting the state of Florida, especially the Jacksonville area. He continues to make inroads in that area again this year. Among those considering Illinois at this point is Rashad Knight, a defensive back from Trinity Christian.

Rashad Knight has a good relationship with Dan Disch.

"I email him a lot, and I do talk to him over the phone."

That relationship began some time ago as Disch is well known and respected in the Jacksonville area. Disch used to coach high school ball there. He tells it like it is, and players appreciate that.

"Before Illinois offered me, I knew Coach Disch. The reason he made me like Illinois so much is because he tells you what is good and what is bad. He's truthful with you. I like that. Ron Zook came down and I talked to him. They're talking about me playing a little safety."

Most schools are recruiting the 5'-10, 190 pounder as a cornerback, but the Illini are considering him at safety because his shoulder muscles are well developed. He is versatile and plays all over the field for Trinity Christian.

"I played running back, wide receiver, safety, and a little corner. Once in a while I'll play a little linebacker."

Knight considers his athleticism as among his best attributes, but he is also an aggressive defender.

"The best part of my overall game is my quickness, but the strength is my jamming technique."

Once he focuses on one specific position in college, he will be able to work on his weaknesses.

"I need to work on my coverage. I need to recognize routes and need to be more confident in my game."

Trinity Christian had a good season last fall, but Knight hoped for more.

"Well, we went 8-3 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Newberry in a close game. We didn't have the same team towards the end of the season. We lost a running back to grades, and we lost two offensive linemen and another running back to injuries."

He expects his senior season to be even better.

"Actually, we had a young team so we return a lot of our starters. We lose a couple of our linemen, but at the skill position we are real strong. It's pretty much the same team."

Rashad has ten scholarship offers so far.

"I have ten official scholarships. Illinois, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Purdue, Michigan, Louisville, BYU, Rutgers, Indiana and Georgia Tech."

Of those, he has four favorites.

"I have a top 4. My main focus is Vanderbilt, Illinois, Michigan and Georgia Tech."

Does he prefer to stay close to home for college, or is he open to more distant schools?

"I kind of do want to go where I fit best, but I also want to go where my parents can come and see my home games. I think it will play a role when I choose my college."

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