Bloomington – Indiana was one of the first programs to take notice of Lithonia (Ga.) running back Joel Kight, and now Coach Bill Lynch's staff is hoping it will the last program standing.
IU assistant coach Bobby Johnson saw film of the 5-9, 205-pound Atlanta area running back in the spring and let it be known he was interested. After watching Kight work out at King H.S., Johnson quickly offered a scholarship.
"He was one of the first coaches to call me," Kight said. "He said he really liked my film and that he was really interested in me."
There's plenty to like about Kight, who is Scout.com's 82nd ranked running back nationally. He combines 4.41 speed in the 40 with an extremely physical running style that makes him hard to bring down one-on-one or to catch in the open field.
"I try to run hard, be as physical as I can be, and get going downhill," said Kight.
Kight played on both sides of the ball as a junior and has also bee drawing some recruiting interest as an outside linebacker or safety. While that versatility is an added bonus, IU's interest has been in his abilities as a running back. Kight totaled 700 yards and 15 touchdowns in part-time duty at running back as a junior.
Since Indiana first offered, many others have followed suit.. Kight has added scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma State, Boston College, Connecticut, Miami (Ohio) and Central Florida, and he's also been talking to Auburn as well. While that's some tough recruiting competition, the Hoosiers have remained in contact to let him know he's a priority for the '09 class.
"They send mail and write a lot and let me know they are still thinking about me and that I'm on their minds," Kight said.
Kight has been doing his best to get up to speed on what the IU program has to offer. He admits he wasn't overly familiar with the Hoosiers before they started showing interest, but has utilized the internet to learn about Lynch's program.
"The one thing I've noticed is they are like a big family, and that's something I've been impressed with," Kight said. "When you go to college you're going to be with them for the next four years of your life, so you want to make sure they're with you."
Kight figures to have plenty of time to further evaluate the IU program along with the others that have offered. He said he hasn't singled out any favorites, and he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision on college.
"I'll decide whenever I get the gut feeling," Kight said. "Making a decision like that you want to make sure it's the right one. Once I get that feeling, I'll run with it."
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