Trinity Christian Academy senior standout Rashad Knight has narrowed his choices to a top 5 with one additional school getting a strong look.
"I'd say my top 5 is Illinois, Michigan, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, and probably West Virginia. I really want to take a look at Rutgers and see what they're about. I want to play safety in college, and all of these schools are recruiting me as that. I'll look at the depth charts too before I make my final decision."
If an in-state school offered, would they automatically jump into the top 5?
"I wouldn't say automatically. My mom wants me to stay close, but I wouldn't say they would automatically jump into my top 5. Distance isn't a big thing for me. It's not a factor."
Knight hasn't taken any official visits yet but plans on doing so in the near future.
"I'll probably take some during the season and some after the season."
Illinois is in good position for the 5'-10", 192 pounder because of the relationship Coach Disch has with Knight, who talks highly of the Illinois defensive coordinator. Disch has been recruiting Knight for a long time.
"I talk to Coach Disch a lot. I wouldn't say every day, but every other day."
During the summer, Knight was able to go to Florida's Friday Night Lights camp and go up against some of the best talent in the state.
"It was fun because you don't get to go up against that kind of talent every day. It was a lot of fun."
Trinity Christian is off to a great start on the young season. Throttling each opponent so far, Trinity Christian has been making a statement on the field. In the last game against Episcopal High School, Knight had a 92 yard kickoff return in a 48-21 rout.
"We're off to a great start. We're 3-0 and we've got our first district game coming up. Some people say we're the favorites in district and some people don't. It's going to be a tough year in the district. We run a wing-T and sometimes we open it up and run the spread. My coach believes in man-to-man so we do a lot of that. When we're not in man, we do cover 3."
It bodes well for Trinity Christian's future that the team is very young.
"Only about four people leave the team after this year. Besides that, it's the exact same team. So we're going to be good this year, next year, and the year after that."
Being one of the few seniors on the team, Knight has established himself as a leader.
"Early on I didn't look at it like that, but yeah a lot of the young kids look up to me, and I am a big leader on the team."
Though his future in college is at defensive back, Knight plays a variety of positions for the Conquerors.
"I play defensive back, receiver, running back, and even a little quarterback. I've gotten bigger and stronger since last year, definitely bigger."
Knight talks highly about two of his teammates.
"We have a junior named Ahmad Christian and he is really, really good. His coverage skills are better than mine. We also have Andrew Buie who plays running back and safety. He's real, real good and real physical."
Knight reports a 900 on the SAT and will probably retake it.