Could Junior WR Knight Be Among State's Best?

Michigan State grabbed a diamond in the rough when it got a commitment from Detroit Country Day alumnus Bennie Fowler, Jr. who led the Yellow Jackets to a State Finals appearance last season, but some feel that an even better player is on the horizon when they look at junior wide receiver Kenny Knight.

BIRMINGHAM, MI - Michigan State grabbed a diamond in the rough when it got a commitment from Detroit Country Day alumnus Bennie Fowler, Jr. who led the Yellow Jackets to a State Finals appearance last season, but some feel that an even better player is on the horizon when they look at junior wide receiver Kenny Knight.

Knight knows he has big shoes to fill as he takes on the role played by Fowler a season ago.

"Bennie left some big shoes to fill but with the team we have this year, I think our passing game is going to be stronger than last year. We've got a returning quarterback (Josh Harris) and I think we should pass the ball real well this year."

"I think that Bennie was a great receiver when he was here and I played a lot against him in practice and he's taught me a few important skills about being a receiver. I think I do have the potential to be as good, and maybe a little bit better than Bennie was. I'm hoping to get the same results if not better this fall," said Knight.

Returning for his junior season, Knight wasn't high on many scouts radar because he wasn't around the combine and summer camp circuit.

"I didn't get a chance to do a lot of combines and camps because I was doing a lot of AAU basketball and I was out on the (basketball) circuit most of the summer. I did a "football university" camp and that went real well, but for the most part I didn't do any college visits for football."

Knight was a member of Team Detroit that included Brandan Kearney and Percy Gibson, two players who already have scholarship offers from Tom Izzo, but despite not attending any camps or even making any unofficial visits, he has been noticed.

"I have been in touch with that many colleges so far. A few of my coaches have been. I talked to the Michigan coach one time, he was at the football university camp scouting. But I've always been interested in the Big Ten schools and I've always like the way they played their games," said Knight.

Heading into his junior season, he realizes that this will be a pivotal time for his recruitment.

"I am aware of the recruiting circuit and I'm actually extremely excited to get involved with it," said Knight.

"After this season for football I'd love to come away with a few college looks; some local, some spread out. I'm really just trying to take my football skill to another level and get a lot of attention from who ever is looking. For basketball if I get the same attention - I'm going to go all out this season for basketball and hopefully I get the same results from college coaches but like I said which ever one is looking better for my future, I'm definitely going to go for that."

The talented junior says he already has some ideas on where he mind end up playing his collegiate ball.

"Both my parents went to Georgia Tech so I wouldn't mind staying in the ACC, but Big Ten football is where its at right now so if that opportunity did arise I'd probably seize it," he said.

That being the case, will he take next summer to really hit the camp and combine circuit so coaches and scouts can get a look at him, or will he continue to play AAU basketball over the summer?

"To be honest, I love both sports. Basketball and football I've been playing for a really long time and I haven't made that decision - which one to go with just yet. For right now I just have to see which sport takes me the farthest in my future and which one I can position myself better at. I work hard at both of them, so I'm not going to cut one of them out yet. I'm going to keep doing my best at both and see where the cards fall."

While he may be torn between his love for basketball and football, there really is no question whether he enjoys playing on offense or on defense where he mans the free safety position for the Yellow Jackets.

"I love playing offense, I love being involved in the offense, I love having the ball in my hands."

Those who have seen Knight believe he could be among the very best at his position for the 2011 class, so GoSpartans.net will be watching the development of this talented junior very closely over the next few months.

Country Day opens with a road game against Birmingham Seaholm this weekend.


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