Luke Knott visits Manhattan

Luke Knott led Lee's Summit West to a Missouri 5A State Championship at quarterback in his junior season. This past weekend, Knott was in Manhattan, Kansas for K-State's Junior Day.


"It went real well," Luke Knott said of the visit. "I think I got a good grasp of the staff and what they're like. I talked to Coach Snyder and Coach (Del) Miller, the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator. Sitting with Coach Miller, I got a feel for the offense and how they run things. The facilities were top-notch. Then we got to enjoy a great basketball game (vs. Missouri)."

Knott, 6-1, 185, put up big numbers for the Titans this past year. He passed for close to 2,000 yards with 18 touchdowns to only six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"Coach Miller talked to me about how they throw into passing lanes on conversion routes and not over the top of the line, which is good for me being 6-1," said Knott. "The coaches talked a lot about turning things around a second time. The first time they had six straight season of 10 wins or more and a Big 12 championship. They're looking to prove to recruits the change is underway and get players excited about going there."

Knott made the trip to Manhattan with his father who was equally impressed.

"My Dad liked the small town atmosphere," said Knott. "He thought the coaches were being truthful with us in what they said and didn't play the recruiting card."

Knott currently has offers from Iowa State and South Dakota State. He has been to Junior Day at Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State. He's also hearing from Northern Illinois, Duke, and Nebraska.

"Right now I'm just enjoying the recruiting process," said Knott. "Hopefully, I'll reel in some more offers and make a decision by June. I just want to a place where the coaches want me there. I'd like to stay in the Midwest. Playing in the Big 12 or Big Ten would be ideal.

"I like a school with a winning tradition. Some schools are looking at me as an athlete at safety or slot receiver. I'd like to play quarterback, but I'm a football player more than anything else. I'll play the position that will get me on the field the quickest."

In November, Lee's Summit West topped Webster Groves for the Missouri 5A state title at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Knott had 314 passing yards with four touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown in the final. He's hoping for one more run.

"I'd love to win state again in my senior season," said Knott. "I'd like to go undefeated. We only lost one game last year to 6A Blue Springs South, and I'd like to avenge that loss.

"I'm looking to improve in all aspects of my game. I need to stay in the pocket longer and not get happy feet. I need to go through all three of my progressions instead of one or two and then taking off to run."

Knott (No. 4) was named 1st team All-Conference at quarterback and 1st team All-State as an athlete. He plans to play baseball this spring. He will attend the Elite 11 Quarterback camp in Dallas/Ft. Worth in April. He plans to study math or business in college.
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