Cougs in on skyscraping Canadian OT

A 6-FOOT-8 OFFENSIVE TACKLE prospect from Canada who has caught the eye of Washington State is beginning to set up his official visits. In addition to WSU, he has offers from the Big Ten and SEC, and he'll have less time to make his commitment decision than the vast majority of other Class of 2013 prospects.

That's because David Knevel (6-8, 295) out of Brantford, Ontario is expected to graduate from high school early in December. The Pauline Johnson Vocational product plans to enroll in January at the college of his choice, getting an early start and participating in spring ball.

"I really like them," Knevel said of Washington State. "Coach Mike Leach (), he has a really great offensive mind… And they've been really keeping in contact with me, which is great."

Knevel said he is also very high on a number of other programs and couldn't pick a frontrunner.

"It's really hard to say, they're all really great schools and I don't know enough about all of them yet," said Knevel.

IN ADDITION TO the full ride from Washington State, Knevel holds offers from Missouri, Purdue, Wisconsin, Toledo, Baylor and UNLV. His latest offer came from Nebraska.

"I'm going (on an official visit) to Nebraska on Sept. 28, on Oct. 6 to Purdue and then Toledo on Oct. 20, but that one (Toledo) might not be an official, I don't know yet… with Washington State I'm talking to them and we're trying to set up a date… and then Baylor also wants to get me out there," said Knevel.

Knevel this offseason took unofficials to Purdue, Toledo, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Alabama. He also attended the Michigan State opener this past weekend, though the Spartans have not offered. Knevel said he's high on all the schools recruiting him and has thoroughly enjoyed each school he's visited, with the Purdue and Toledo unofficials standing out in particular and MSU also being a "great visit."

"It's all about the fit. I'm new to this (recruiting) game, but for me I just want to go where I'm most successful, where I fit with the coaches and program," said Knevel, who also said he doesn't care about "glitz and glamour" or whether a school is "big or small."

A decision is likely to come in November/December, he said.

"I want to take my time but I also don't want to go too late," said Knevel.

KNEVEL GREW UP playing hockey before switching to football around age 15 and is a very fluid athlete for his size. Despite already pushing three bills, he has loads of room remaining to pack on the bulk across his 6-8 frame. That, along with his expected early enrollment, has peaked interest among college recruiters.

Still, recruiters are often wary of Canadian imports because the competition level is not the same as in the States. Knevel is rated 3 stars by Scout.com and the No. 96 OT prep prospect.

In July, Knevel was part of a Canadian select team that upset the tournament-favorite United States, 23-17, in the IFAF U-19 World Championships held in Texas.












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