The Mavericks of Germantown High nearly pulled off the upset on the road in Oxford in the second round of the 5A state playoffs. With the Chargers driving late, Knott picked off a Jack Abraham pass and raced the opposite way for a pick six and what appeared to be the game winning score. Oxford battled back and scored late to secure a 40-33 win.
"I had been really focused on trying to win a state championship," Knott said. "I had been talking to coaches and all of that, but recruiting wasn't as important to me as my team was. I was trying to do all I could to help the team and I didn't want to be distracted with everything else.
"I hate that we lost, but I feel like we had a good season. I feel like I had a good year and I am proud of our team. I hope they can just keep it going from here."
Knott has family ties to a pair of in state programs. His father played football at Ole Miss and Knott has a sister running track at Mississippi State. Despite those connections, the four star talent reports that he is keeping his options open.
"I don't really have a favorite right now," Knott said. "I have only taken one official visit (Oregon) and I am just really starting to get into recruiting. I am hearing a lot from Alabama, Oregon, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and a few other schools.
"I am going to take some more visits, but I haven't really decided where I am going to go yet. I am going to take my visits in January and some of that month is in the dead period, so I am going to have to decide soon where I want to visit."
Early on in the process, Knott admitted to enjoy being courted. Now with signing day close to two months away his outlook on the selection process has changed.
"It's really not that much fun anymore," Knott admitted. "It's business now. It's an important decision and it's stressful sometimes. I just want to take these visits and see how I feel about the schools and then I will make my decision after,"
With All-Star week looming in Mississippi, Knott will be Hattiesburg for those events all of next week. The talented cover man will likely learn where most of his in state peers are leaning, but in the end he reports that his decision will be his own.
"I have to find the place that is right for me," Knott said. "I am wanting to see about the academic side of things and I want to feel comfortable in the environment. It's not just about football. I want to be around a coaching staff that I have a good relationship with and one that I feel like will be there my four years. I am just looking at everything to do with school and football. It's not going to be an easy decision."