Does Joe McKnight Want to Stay Home?

With so many offers he has lost count, five-star running back Joe McKnight has narrowed his options down to a top six.

With so many offers he has lost count, five-star running back Joe McKnight has narrowed his options down to a top six consisting of LSU, three Florida schools, Notre Dame and USC.


"I plan on taking my visits after the football season," said McKnight. "I haven't set them up yet, but I'll be going to USC, LSU, Florida, Florida State and Miami."


Last season for John Curtis, McKnight rushed for 502 yards on 36 carries, hitting pay dirt nine times. As a receiver, he snatched 20 balls for 497 yards and five touchdowns.


It did not end there as's No. 6 rated running back averaged 29 yards per punt return, scoring four times and on kickoffs he was just as deadly, averaging 38 yards and one score. For all of his contributions he earned first-team all-state honors and is considered one of the most electrifying player in the country by just about every scout that has seen him play.


When you think of electrifying players on the college level, the first player that comes to mind is former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. The similarities may be there, albeit a little premature to consider McKnight the next coming, but that is something that he is way too humble to even think about.


"I don't think that anybody can compare me to Reggie Bush," said McKnight. "I'm not really close to that right now. Until I get to that level, I'm not even going to think that way. There may not be another Reggie Bush. I'm not that good."


This summer, McKnight took unofficial visits to two of his favorites LSU and USC.


How did the two camps stack up against one another?


"The LSU camp was a little more competitive," said McKnight. "I mean they were pretty much the same camp and they both had a lot of athletes."


At LSU's camp, McKnight got a lot of one-on-one attention from running backs coach Larry Porter, who also happens to be the one in charge of recruiting the state's top prospect.


"I like coach Porter a lot," McKnight said. "We worked on some of the same stuff we worked on before, things like how to hold the ball and my stance and everything. He said I needed to work on running between the tackles but that will come."


As for naming a favorite school heading into the start of his senior season, McKnight said that he is still wide open and that staying close to home or going away to play ball will not be a factor in his decision.


"It doesn't really matter to me," he said. "I know I'd love it if I'd stay, but I think I'd love it if I went somewhere else, too. I just want to play early. Leaving the state will play no factor for me. It will just be what school fits me best. I'm looking for a school with good academics and a school that will have a major that fits me and if I play."


When it comes to his senior campaign on the gridiron, McKnight has only two things on his mind.


"Win state and beat Hoover (Ala.)," he said.


Note** McKnight said that he has a 2.7 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT.






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