Knott Emerging As State's Top Junior Corner

Germantown High (MS) cornerback Nigel Knott put together the junior season he needed in 2014. While the four star talent hopes for prolonged team success in 2015, the 6-0 175 pound defensive back thrust himself onto the recruiting radar of several college football programs. With offers in hand from several programs now, Knott is prepared for his time on the big stage.

Nigel Knott profile

"It all started when I went to Mississippi State," Knott said of his early offer haul. "I didn't play too much the last couple of years, because I was injured. When I went to that camp, I did really good and they ended up offering me.

"That was really my first time to be a part of something like that and I got to compete against some great talent. They liked me and offered me a scholarship."

Knott was able to build on his Starkville showing and earn more options from college coaches prior to his junior season.

"I went down to a camp at Southern Miss and then they offered me," Knott explained. "Ole Miss said that they were probably going to offer me later on, but then they offered me when the other schools started offering me.

"I went to all of those camps and combines and then I started getting offers."

Cincinnati, North Carolina, Miami and others elected to follow the lead of Mississippi's three FBS level programs.

"I never thought all of this was going to happen to me this early," Knott admitted. "I was hoping that I was going to get some offers, but I thought all of that might happen later on. I thought it might happen when I was a senior."

The summer time evaluations proved to be on target as Knott turned in the best season of his prep career in 2014. With 112 tackles, 16 pass break ups and four interceptions, Knott proved to be one of the toughest draws for receivers in the Magnolia State.

"I am really working hard this year to be better at everything," Knott said. "I want my senior year to be my best year, so I am working hard to be the best player I can be.

"We have a few holes to fill, but I think we have a great team coming back this year. If we all work hard and get ready I feel like we have a team that can win a state championship this season."

With several options to consider and plenty of time to evaluate each program of interest, Knott is content to wait out the process.

"I am just trying to keep everybody even for right now," Knott reported. "I am just trying to see all of the schools and get to know all of the coaches."

Knott recently attended the U.S. Army All-American combine where he turned in a solid showing. The talented junior from Germantown High is a name on the rise in his home state of Mississippi and a prospect of considerable interest for several college football programs.

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