Rashad Ready To Be A Knight

It is happening a little later than Rashad Knight hoped, but the former Trinity Catholic Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) star is heading to Rutgers next week for training camp. Knight spoke to ScarletReport.com about his summer, why he is late getting to New Jersey and what he expects when he gets there.

At this point in the summer Rashad Knight figured he would be exhausted from conditioning workouts and looking forward to re-charging before the Aug. 6 start of training camp.

Instead, he is thrilled to be heading to Rutgers on Wednesday so he can report with the rest of the team the next day.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback from Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) got the good news earlier this week he received the necessary grades in a pair of summer classes and met NCAA eligibility requirements.

"It was a relief," Knight said. "The classes weren't too hard. It was just a matter of sitting down every day and doing them. But it is a relief knowing I'm heading up there now."

Knight was one of the late-coming jewels to the 2010 recruiting class when he chose the Scarlet Knights over Michigan 24 hours before signing day.

Although Knight spent much of his high school career playing safety out of necessity, he is entering Rutgers as a cornerback, a position he played last season after Trinity Christian developed depth at the safety positions.

"Some of the kids we started off with (in other seasons), they got a little older and they filled into the position they were meant to play," Knight said. "It kind let me go back to corner. Before I had to do this, or had to do that to make up for what they couldn't do. As they grew older, it got easier for them."

As a senior, Knight made 60 tackles, intercepted seven passes and had six pass breakups as the Conquerors went 13-1. He added 420 yards rushing and six touchdowns playing running back, but his preference is to play in the secondary.

"I'm real comfortable at corner because that's where I trained at, that's where I work out as," Knight said. "My coach always taught me it's easier to be a safety a know how to cover. It's not easy to be a corner."

Being on campus, going through the conditioning program and learning some of the defensive schemes in 7-on-7 sessions would have helped Knight make a quicker transition, but he is not overly concerned about it.

"I think I'm ok. I still worked out during the week," Knight said. "I don't think I did as much as they did. I was making sure I wouldn't go up there dead tired. I think I could still go up there and show what I can do."

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