Trojans watch McKnight in action

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian running back Joe McKnight (5-11, 185) was going through his normal pre-game warmups last Friday before the Patriots' took on Riverside, when he noticed USC linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr.

"I didn't even know that USC was coming to the game until I saw Coach Norton before it started," said McKnight. "He saw me before it started and then I went out and played."

McKnight ended up having what he deemed an "alright" game, scoring on a 54-yard punt return and 54-yard reception in their 54-0 demolition of Riverside.

"I ended up talking to Coach Norton this week and he told me he really liked what he saw and that I did real well," said McKnight. "I've had a couple of schools come and see me play this year, but that was real cool."

McKnight said he's also spoken with USC about setting up an official visit and he is planning to trip to Los Angeles in December.

"I'm scheduled to visit USC on December 16th through the 18th," said McKnight. "That's the first official trip I've got scheduled, but it could end up being my second or third depending on when I take the other ones."

One thing McKnight won't do, though, is take an official visit before JCC's season ends, as a long-standing policy in the Patriots program is to wait until the season is done to make visits.

The only other trip that McKnight has set up is to Miami, January 27th.

"I'm probably going to take all five trips," said McKnight. "I want to announce at halftime of the U.S. Army Game, so I want to have my trips done by then. But if not, I might announce anyway and still take some trips. I don't really know."

McKnight said he's down to five schools and each will likely be getting a visit. USC and Miami already have trips set, and Notre Dame, LSU and Florida State will pick up the remaining trips. From those five, McKnight said he had "a couple that are standing out" but wouldn't disclose those.

"I don't really want to say which ones are standing out right now," said McKnight. Top Stories