McKnight talks about interest in Washington

Washington has made it known they want to improve the team-speed and play-making abilities of their secondary and they've made a concerted effort to go after some of the top defensive backs on the west coast. Now they've expanded their search and used an established relationship to get in on Curtis (River Ridge, La.) CB Jonathan McKnight, the younger brother of USC tailback Joe McKnight...

"I guess the coaches knew about me because they recruited my brother Joe about three years ago and got to see me a little bit too," McKnight told recently. "The coaches there are really good coaches and they are tied to USC, so they know how to win and get their guys into the NFL."

McKnight said that while Washington hasn't extended him an offer, they seem close at this point.

"I'm really excited about it actually," McKnight said. "I have offers from Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee and now that Washington has come on it's pretty cool because it's in a different area and they have a lot of playing time available.

"Coach (Demtrice) Martin is the DB coach up there and he said they are starting a redshirt freshman and a true freshman. He let me know for sure that if I'm the best player, they don't care what year I am, they will play me. That's all you can ask for as a young player. They aren't guaranteeing me anything, but they said if I come in and compete and prove I'm worth it, then I will play."

McKnight has some of the same athleticism his older sibling does and as a junior, he caught 14 passes for 177 yards with three touchdowns, and defensively he totaled 37 tackles with eight interceptions.

McKnight also provided plenty of big plays on special teams with 17 punt returns for 331 yards (19.5 avg.), and 12 kick returns for 326 yards (27.2 avg.). He had 1,017 all-purpose yards and six scores.

This season he hasn't had the same number of picks, but he said that's because teams aren't throwing his way anymore.

"Teams don't throw at me much so when I get a chance to make a play, I know I had better take advantage of it," McKnight said. "I feel like I can cover anyone and play with anybody. You can't have any fear. You just have to go out and play and compete. The better man wins and more often than not, that's been me and my team."

McKnight said he hasn't scheduled any visits at this point, but mentioned Washington as a likely destination for one of them.

"I'm real interested in seeing that area," McKnight said. "My brother is out on the west coast and he said it's real nice. He's been everywhere out there, so he can tell me a lot about he culture and the places he's been.

"My season is still going on right now, so I probably won't take any visits until December at the earliest and I will probably take some in January too. We'll see how things work out, but Washington is a school I plan on visiting."

We'll check back in with McKnight in the near future as he gets closer to making some decisions on where he plans to visit.

Tonight McKnight and his teammates will take on Mangham as they try to complete an undefeated regular season.

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