McKnight Has a Plan

Generally considered the #1 wide receiver prospect on the west coast, Rhema McKnight, talks about his recruitment and his time table for making a decision...

Rhema McKnight, 6-2, 190, La Palma (Calif.) Kennedy, has been something of an enigma this spring and summmer.

Last winter he was generally considered the best wide receiver prospect on the west coast in his class. But before the May evaluation period, many college coaches and scouts hadn't even seen him play so his stock dipped a bit and McKnight didn't participate in any camps or passing leagues. In May, though, as coaches from many schools made it out to Kennedy and received game tape on him, McKnight's stock started rising again -- to the point now it's near the roof. Many coaches have now reiterated that McKnight is the best receiver prospect in the west. In fact, one coach from a southern college said that McKnight was better than any wide receiver they were recruiting in the south, which says quite a bit.

McKnight, who is an articulate, polite young man, said he still doesn't have any plans to attend any camps over the summer. "I don't plan to," McKnight said. "I think I'm going to start working soon and make some money this summer."

McKnight said he caught about 60 balls last year for approximately 1,200 yards. Known as an athletic playmaker (he's also a basketball player), the only question concerning McKnight was his speed - since many college coaches had not had a chance to get a 40 time on him. Unlike most wide receiver recruits who are very preoccupied with their 40 time, McKnight candidly said, "My best 40 time is a 4.48, but that was at a combine a while back. I'm pretty sure I'm faster now but I haven't gotten around to getting timed lately."

At this point, though, it doesn't seem that many college programs now care about his 40 time. He's receiving offers in a steady stream these days, from the likes of UCLA, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Washington. Off the top of his head, McKnight also said that Washington State, Arizona and Northwestern had offered and that USC and LSU had told him they would be sending him a formal offer soon in the mail.

When asked if he had any favorites, McKnight said, "I'm completely open to any school that wants to talk to me. I don't have a top choice yet, and I don't even have a list of top choices."

McKnight is a good student, carrying a 3.5 GPA and a 1020 SAT, and he did say that he does have some criteria for picking a school. "Basically, I have four different determing factors for choosing a college. The first is my individual education. I want to major in psychology and sociology. Second, I'll look at their educational system as a whole. Third - sports, the football team. Plus, the school's basketball program. I might want to play basketball, too. Fourth, the overall environment. If it's a good environment."

McKnight said he is still at the beginning of his decision-making process, but said he had checked out the "environment" of the two local schools, UCLA and USC. "Both UCLA and USC have very nice campuses. Especially UCLA," he said.

But McKnight also said he has a timetable for making his decision. "I'd like to make a list of maybe eight to ten schools around September. Maybe a bit before. Then I'd like to make my final decision in October."

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