Nigel Knott in action during 5A quarterfinals

Nigel Knott out of Madison, Miss., put his skills on display against Mississippi's top wideout last Friday. We break down his film from the quarterfinal matchup.

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Nigel Knott
Madison, Miss
5-foot-11, 174
Alabama, Oregon (9/16), FSU, Ole Miss and MSU lead a host of other schools Ranking: No. 106 overall / #8 CB evaluation: Nigel had what looked like the game winning interception that he took back to the house with a little under three minutes left in the game but Oxford came right back down the field and scored. Knott struggled at times covering Mississippi's top wideout, D.K. Metcalf, but who doesn't? There was a big size differential as Metcalf stands 6' 4", 210 pounds. But what impressed us so much about Nigel was his willingness to stick his neck in there and make some tough tackles. He was used more as a free safety in their defense although he did line up a good portion of the game covering D.K. one-on-one.

Knott's speed was on display several times in the game as well. He caught the Oxford running back from behind when it looked like he was going to break free for a touchdown. He also lined up at receiver on several snaps and got in and out of his breaks really crisp. Nigel spent a good portion of his senior season on the sidelines due to a knee injury but looks to have recovered 100%.

The upside is there. He needs polished in a few areas but there's no question he has elite talent.

Now the focus will be on where he will take his talents to on the next level. Some believe that Alabama has the upper hand on its competition, but we hear that his official visit to Oregon in September made him take a step back and reconsider making an early commitment. The instate schools are still waiting in the wings as his father was a team captain for Ole Miss and his sister runs track for Mississippi State.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at


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