Pack Leads for McKnight

Lamar McKnight has been a busy man. The Oak Ridge (NC) Military quarterback is attending various camps looking to earn scholarship offers.

Lamar McKnight has been a busy man. The Oak Ridge (NC) Military quarterback is attending various camps looking to earn scholarship offers.

"It's been good so far," said McKnight. "I have no complaints. I've been out to Cal for the Elite 11 and I've been to camps at schools like Michigan, Maryland, South Carolina, ECU, and Rutgers.

"A lot of schools don't know about me so I have to go show them what I can do and see if they will offer me a scholarship."

McKnight played his junior season at Lincoln (NJ) High School where he passed for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions. A dual-threat quarterback, McKnight also rushed for another 750 yards and seven scores.

Looking for more exposure, he made the move to Oak Ridge (NC) and he believes it has helped with his recruitment.

"I liked it at Lincoln, but I think Oak Ridge gives me a better chance to attend a bigger college," said McKnight. "I wanted to compete on the highest level and the move has helped me out with more exposure. My coaches have taken me to a bunch of colleges and I still have a lot left to attend so it's definitely helped out."

While McKnight is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, he feels a few schools are close to sending him the paperwork.

"I don't have any offers yet, but some are acting like they are going to offer me," he said. "NC State, East Carolina, and Cal-Berkley really are interested and so are teams like West Virginia and South Florida."

He made a big splash at the Elite 11 Camp at Cal where he turned some heads.

"That was the best camp I've had," McKnight said. "I thought I performed well up there. I was able to show how I'm a dual-threat quarterback, and I have a really strong arm.

"My arm is my biggest strength, but I'm also good at making plays on the run and using my legs."

On Sunday he was at NC State working out for the Wolfpack coaches. NC State might take two quarterbacks in this class, and performing well at their camp would go a long way to securing one of the scholarship offers.

"I went to NC State to be evaluated," he said. "That was a good experience. The coaches that at NC State were excellent. They really worked with us on our fundamentals, and it was a good camp. Overall I thought I did well. I tried to show them my arm strength... where I can throw it 56 yards on one knee and 75 yards standing.

"I think at NC State I was 6-foot-2.5 and 185 pounds. I ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and I believe my shuttle time was 4.4. Overall, I had a good camp... I know the coaches were impressed."

McKnight stated that there were several coaches working out but at the end of the camp they narrowed it down to four who went through one-on-ones and drills for the NC State coaching staff.

"I had an evaluation right after the camp," he said. "They had only four of us working out and I was the first one they called out. I thought I threw the ball real well then... they told me that when their camps were over they would be giving my coach a call because they liked me a lot."

McKnight leaves out Friday for camps at Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, South Florida, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Alabama. He also has a list of favorites with an ACC school leading the way.

"NC State is No. 1, then I have Cal, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia or South Florida in that order," he said. "I just like NC State period. They have a strong academic program, and they have my major, criminal justice. I also like the coaches, and it's a strong program.

"I've been around the campus and I've checked out their facilities... I did some research and saw where Philip Rivers played there. It's my favorite school right now."

NC State will likely extend offers to quarterbacks after their final session of camps, which will be held late next week. McKnight indicated that if the Wolfpack offered him a scholarship the chances are high that he would commit.

"If NC State offered me I would most likely commit because that's my favorite," he said. "I don't want to wait because I want to focus on next year, and I want to go to a place where I'm comfortable.

"I know quarterbacks have to decide quicker about offers so I feel like if a school you like makes you an offer you should take it."


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