22 in 22: Rashad Knight

In the fifth segment of our 22-day series profiling the incoming members of the 2010 recruiting class, ScarletReport.com checks in with defensive back Rashad Knight of Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.). The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Knight can play safety or cornerback, but his first chance at Rutgers will come at the corner position. When is he coming to campus? And what does he expeect?

Rashad Knight's personality screams strong safety. He is physical at the line of scrimmage, likes to stop the run, and he enjoys delivering a big hit.

But his tenaciousness in press coverage, his 4.45-second 40-yard dash time and his mentality of winning every pass coverage drill is why Rutgers will first try him at cornerback, a position Scout.com rated him as 80th best in the nation in the 2010 class.

Where on the field Knight spends his college career will be determined by his play, but he is eagerly anticipating his move to college in four weeks. Knight graduates from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, and will travel to Rutgers on June 26 to enroll in the second summer session and begin training with the Scarlet Knights.

"I've been working out, doing one-on-ones with other guys in the city who are going to college,'' the 5-foot-10, 197-pound Knight said. "I see myself fitting into (Rutgers' defense) by being physical at the corner spot. My favorite position is safety, but I feel comfortable at corner. I'm a big hitter and I like to cover.

"At corner, you just come up and make tackles. But I do like corner and being out there because that's a challenge.''

Knight made 60 tackles and intercepted seven passes as a senior at Trinity Christian, playing predominantly as a cornerback.

Since the end of the season he has spent plenty of time studying Rutgers' defense, and believes his on-field IQ will make his transition to college smooth.

"Coming from the program I came from and what we had to do, it's not that hard,'' Knight said. "I want to play early. I'm going there to play.''

With returning starter David Rowe, red-shirt freshman Logan Ryan and senior Brandon Bing opening camp as the leading contenders for the two cornerback positions, and Marcus Cooper, Abdul Smith, Brandon Jones and incoming freshman Gareef Glashen also looking for playing time, Knight will have plenty of competition to get onto the field.

So, what are the keys?

"First off, being focused, just working hard,'' Knight said. "I need to show them I'm not just some ordinary freshman coming in to learn the game, but just showing them I know the game and I'm ahead of a lot of freshmen coming out of high school.''

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