Final thoughts from McKnight coach

Well, here we are again, on the eve of national signing-day. It's been a long process and we're sure Joe McKnight from Destrehan, LA, is ready to relieve himself of a heavy burden. It's the burden of deciding whether or not he will remain in Louisiana (LSU), or leave home for Oxford (Ole Miss) or Los Angeles (USC).

He's attended camps, had unofficial visit, official visits, in-home visits and tomorrow (Feb. 7), he will sign a letter-of-intent at 11am central standard time. We caught up McKnight's high school coach, JT Curtis earlier today, and didn't ask him which school he felt McKnight would commit to, but instead asked what he believed the pros and cons were for each school McKnight is considering.

"There really aren't any bad choices," Curtis said. "All of the schools are great and provide different opportunities for Joe.

"USC is always a national championship contender and Joe likes how they've used their running backs in the past. USC also has the major Joe wants. He wants to major in communications. The only negative with USC, could be the distance from home.

"With LSU, it's the state university and he'll also have the opportunity to play for national championships. LSU is closer to home and his family and friends would be able to see him play. But some kids want to get away and enjoy another experience in life. LSU also has a communications major, but I'm not sure the opportunities in Baton Rouge are as good as they are in Los Angeles.

"Ole Miss is trying to take the program back to where it once was. Coach Orgeron has the enthusiasm and the commitment to do that. He has a persuasive way about him. Also, another coach at Ole Miss, Frank Wilson, coached in the city here and he actually coached against us in the city championship in 2003.

"One thing about USC and LSU , they already have established football programs."

So, McKnight has a few more hours to figure out where he'll attend school the next four years. Curtis said it's been a difficult process for McKnight, but he told McKnight to let everything he's learned fall around in his head.

"I told him if there's one positive aspect of a school that jumps out at him, or a negative, that should be a sign for him," Curtis said. "Joe won't have a revelation or anything like that, but it's a process of elimination."

We'll have more on McKnight after he announces his decision on ESPNU at 12 PM EST. Top Stories