Will the luck of the Irish lure McKnight?

Rhema McKnight is a 6-3, 190-pound receiver from Buena Park (Calif.) Kennedy who is also the 28th player on Theinsider.com's Top-101 for high school football prospects. As you would expect, some of the country's finest programs are showing McKnight the love. The question is, which school is Rhema going to love back?

"Well, I'm playing point guard and shooting guard right now," McKnight told Dawgman.com about his current hoops season. He is averaging around 15 points and 8 rebounds per game for Kennedy.

Basketball isn't something that just occupies Rhema's time. "I think I'm really good," he said. "I like to compete, so why wouldn't I want to play?" In the spring, McKnight also competes in track and field, specifically the long jump and triple jump, where his personal bests are 24'1" and 44' respectively.

But football is his first love, and it's the one that's going to pay his bills in college. Florida, Oregon, Washington and UCLA are the four schools Rhema has already visited and this weekend he's tripping to Notre Dame for his fifth and final visit.

McKnight admitted that the Irish weren't on his dance card to start with, but that changed when Ty Willingham became head coach. "I wasn't really considering them and I had already cut a lot of schools off," Rhema said. "He came in a couple of weeks ago and got me interested. He has a great coaching staff and you never heard a lot of negative things about him when he was Stanford. He did some good stuff there, pretty big things."

Rhema also has a tie to the Irish that's a little closer to home. "One of my teachers went to Notre Dame, so they give me lots of info about the school." And while his interest is running high on the Irish, he still considers himself wide open. "I'm open to all the schools I'm looking at and I don't have a leader," he said. "It's going to be a very tough decision."

McKnight admitted that if all things were equal at the end of the process, staying home might be the thing that sways the balance. "That would be really nice to me to be able to stay home if that was the right thing to do, but staying home is not that big of a deal to me," he said.

Rhema will make his intentions known on Letter-Of-Intent day.

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