"Coach (Jordan) Paopao and coach (Brent) Pease are the schools recruiting me for Washington," McKnight told Dawgman.com. "They offered me a little while ago and I've started to form a good relationship with them.
"I really like the staff there. They are a big reason I am interested in Washington right now. I don't know much about the school or the program yet, but with the staff and how they have recruited me, I am really interested in them."
Currently, McKnight has offers from 11 schools, but three have stood out early in the recruiting process.
"Washington, Oregon and USC are my top three right now," McKnight said. "I have offers from U-Dub and SC, but I am still waiting on Oregon right now.
"Coach (Tee) Martin is the one recruiting me up at SC. I like him a lot. Coach Pease and I have gotten to know each other pretty well and I like Washington a lot right now because of the coaches.
"With Oregon, it's just a situation where I grew up as a huge fan of them and they are a great program. They have been in the top 10 or top 15 for a while now and I feel like they would be a great offense and program to be part of."
McKnight said he plans to wait until Signing Day next February before he makes his decision, so he has plenty of time to start to narrow things down, but he said he knows of a couple criteria that he will be focusing on when he makes his choice.
"Playing time is definitely something I will be looking at," McKnight noted. "I also want to check out the tradition of the program and their success and also see how my relationships are with the coaches and the players."
At 6'1, McKnight has plenty of height, but he knows he needs to add some muscle to his 165-pound frame this offseason.
"Yeah, I definitely feel like I need to get bigger and stronger," McKnight acknowledged. "I have good speed and I feel like I can get deep, but I really want to work on my releases a lot this offseason and that means speed drills, feet drills, hand-fighting drills, stuff that will keep the defensive back off of me and allow me to get into my route and then I need to run better routes."
McKnight said he hopes to get up to Seattle to check out Washington this summer and then he will start to narrow things down and start to set up his official visits for either during or after his senior season is completed.