Knott Looking for 'Perfect' School

Four-star cornerback Nigel Knott had little more to learn about Ole Miss when he arrived for the Rebels’ elite camp Friday afternoon.


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His father, David, played safety at Ole Miss, where he was a team captain. The younger Knott has even visited campus before for a junior day. What the trip did allow, however, is a chance for Knott to better familiarize himself with how the Rebel staff, led by head coach Hugh Freeze, coaches its players.

“Just a home feeling,” Knott said, when asked of what he was looking for during his time on campus. “I pretty much know everything about the program. Just working with the coaches some more and meeting some more players.

“Just more on the way they coach. That’s pretty much it when it comes to it. I pretty much know everybody here. When you get a feel for how they coach, then you just feel how comfortable you’ll be here.”

The 5-foot-11, 171-pound Knott holds myriad offers. He recently camped at Alabama, and he’ll head to Mississippi State once his stay in Oxford is over. He’s considering camping at Florida State as well.

“Basically just getting around and seeing some of these schools,” he said. “Just experiencing how the coaches coach the players and getting a feel for it. It doesn’t really matter to me, far or close. I just want to find the perfect place for me.”

His family ties to Ole Miss would seem to indicate the Rebels will be a major player for the duration of his recruitment. Knott, though, is open to all suitors, and father David only wants his son to be happy.

“It does a little bit,” Knott, rated the No. 9 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, said. It’s always a thought in the back of my mind. But he doesn’t really care, he just wants me to be happy. So when it comes to that, he kind of just tells me (go) where you feel comfortable.”

Along with being a decorated football prospect, Knott, who Scout ranks as the No. 113 player nationally, is also an accomplished track and field standout. A runner and jumper, he recently competed against Ole Miss commit D.K. Metcalf, himself a four-star prospect.

“The first time I actually jumped against him, I didn’t really know who he was,” Knott said. “Later on I figured out who he was. I jumped against him. I’ve been talking with him ever since. Also, (Ole Miss signee) Armani (Linton). He was at a recent track meet, so I met him as well.”

Suffice to say, Ole Miss has some factors in its favor in its pursuit of Knott, a Madison, Miss., product. However, he’s far from a decision, or from even cutting his list to a few.

“I’m trying to get to some of these schools first,” he said, “and then I’m going to try to cut it down.”


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