Gemantown standout Nigel Knott talks about his time in Starkville and his outlook towards the future.

A half dozen of Mississippi's top 2016 prospects remain mostly undecided about their college futures. National 300 corner Nigel Knott is in that number of those waiting to declare his intentions. Knott took an official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend to learn more about the Bulldogs and their interest in him.

"The visit went really good." Nigel Knott said. "I really had a good time. It was just a fun weekend and we all had fun being together and just having a good time. There were a lot of players from Mississippi there, so we had fun together."

Knott was hosted by a current Bulldog who grew up not too far from his own home in Madison County, Mississippi.

"Fletcher Adams was my host and we hung out a lot with Nelson," Knott said. "I knew Fletcher from before and we had a good time. We got to do a lot of things, but we were all pretty much together most of the weekend. Just hanging out with the other recruits and all of the players was a lot of fun."

A frequent visitor to Starkville, Knott already knew the lay of the Bulldog land. The guided tours and meetings essentially confirmed a lot of what he already knew about the program and University.

"I had already seen everything before, so it was really a chance to see it all again," Knott said. "I saw some new things, but there really wasn't much I hadn't seen before. 

"I want to major in business, so I got to learn about what all they had to offer in business. I learned about all of that and they told us about what classes I needed to take and things like that. It was good."

Bulldog coaches Greg Knox and Deshea Townsend have been working on Knott's recruitment for the better part of two years. The Bulldogs added a reinforcement last week in new corners coach Terrell Buckley. Knott reports that he enjoyed meeting the veteran coach.

"I like Coach Buckley," Knott said. "He seems like a good guy and a good coach. We talked for a little while and I think he would be a good guy to play for. He seems to really know what he's talking about."

Knott plans to officially visit Alabama this weekend, so he entered his weekend in Starkville not looking to make any decisions. The Bulldogs did not push or pressure him, but Knott reports he believes the Bulldogs want him.

"Nobody asked me to commit, but I know they wouldn't have minded it," Knott said with a laugh. "They didn't try to pressure me or anything. They just told me that they really want me to come there and that when I get ready to make my decision to let them know and to consider them."

The Bulldogs' recruiting efforts are aided by Knott's sister, Deja Givens, who is a member of the Mississippi State track program. Knott's elder sibling was able to take part in the official visit before reporting to track practice. 

"She has offered me some good advice," Knott said. "She told me to make the best decision for me and to take my time with everything. I know she is going to support me no matter where I go. She said it would be good if I could stay close, but that I have to do what is best for me."

With official visits to Mississippi State and Oregon now in the books, Knott will make the drive over to Tuscaloosa this weekend for his official visit at the University of Alabama. His plans beyond that are unsettled.

"I have the visit to Alabama this weekend and then I don't know where I am going to go that last weekend," Knott said. "I am still thinking about all of that. I will just have to see how things go."

Several schools remain in contention with Knott, with Florida, Miami, South Carolina and others still being mentioned. It appears that the visit this past weekend helped the Bulldogs in their quest of landing Knott on National Signing Day.

"I always have a good time when I come to Mississippi State," Knott said. "I am still considering them and they've always been one of my schools. The visit helped them some, but I expected to have a good time when I went up there.

"I will take my visit to Alabama and then I might take a visit that last weekend. After I have taken my visits then I will make a decision. I am not sure if I wait to National Signing day or not. I am not just sure when I am going to do it."

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