A New Army All-American Prospect for Horns?

SAN ANTONIO -- After two days of West team practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Texas offensive guard commitment Tray Allen had seen enough of the talented running back from Louisiana.

So he called Texas coach Mack Brown about Joe McKnight on Tuesday and gave him the scoop on the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La.

"He told me to get him all of Joe’s information and they’ll have a meeting," Allen said.

Fellow West team players John Chiles and Blaine Irby, both fellow Longhorn commitments, also contacted Texas coaches about McKnight on Tuesday. Chiles called Texas recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers and Irby called assistant recruiting coordinator Bobby Kennedy.

"Joe McKnight is an excellent running back," Irby said. "He can just cut right on a dime. He’s a great runner."

Rated as the nation’s fourth-best running back by Scout.com and the top recruit in Louisiana, McKnight said he could see himself playing for the Longhorns. He and Chiles have become fast friends since both arrived here Sunday.

"I would like to go Texas," McKnight said. "They’re a good school and everything."

This past season, McKnight rushed for 709 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 45 carries for John Curtis, which finished 14-0 and won the state’s Class 2A title. He also caught 24 passes for 735 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"I just make plays," McKnight said.

As a junior, McKnight relocated because of Hurricane Katrina and played at Evangel Christian Academy for two games before returning to John Curtis.

He said he has offers from many schools including USC, LSU, Miami, Florida State and Michigan, but is still waiting to hear from the Longhorns.

"I have not been contacted by one Texas coach," he said. "Not one."

So far, McKnight said he doesn’t have a leader. He said he has yet to take any of five official visits, but has scheduled trips to Mississippi, USC, LSU and Arkansas this month.

He said he is undecided on his fifth visit, but would like to take it to Texas.

"I want to take a visit to see how it is," McKnight said. "If I go there and it’s the place for me, I’ll commit."

Unlike many high-profile Louisiana recruits, McKnight said he’s not a lock to attend Louisiana State.

"I can have my life outside of Louisiana," he said.

McKnight said he is hopeful that Texas coaches will contact him soon.

"Tell them to call me," he said.

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