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Derek Knight had a short but sweet visit to West Virginia recently, and believes the Mountaineers could soon be moving up on his list.

"It was a very nice visit," said Knight, who took in West Virginia's 42-10 win over Marshall on the opening weekend of the season. "They treated me well, and showed me around the football stadium and all the buildings in the complex around there."

Although Knight only ended up staying until halftime (the game was well in hand by WVU at that point), he did see enough to keep WVU on his list of schools. And although West Virginia didn't make a formal scholarship offer, Knight believes that is only a matter of time.

"From talking to my coach, and from what he said, I think they will offer," said Knight, who also has interest from Arizona State, Colorado, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska and Oregon. There are a lot of schools I am still interested in. I am keeping in contact with all of them and they are doing the same with me."

Knight, who hails from Detroit, Mi., obviously doesn't have a problem with distance in terms of the recruiting process. With schools on his list covering almost the entire continent, the hard-hitting safety prospect won't have a problem going away to school.

"I think seeing new things and new places will be good for me," Knight explained. "I want to go different places and have new experiences."

Lest one think Knight is just "touring" on his visit to West Virginia, it should be known that this trip was an unofficial visit, meaning the big defensive back paid his own way. He also has ties to West Virginia, as his mother has family in Fairmont.

"That would be nice, because they would be close to see me play," Knight noted. "And West Virginia's style of play suits me as well."

Based on the scholarship offers he receives, Knight will soon be making plans for more official visits. He is set to take official visits to Colorado this weekend (9/16) and to Arizona State on Sept. 30. While he declines to name a leader, he does note that his Arizona State official visit has been set for a while, and that the Sun Devils have been on his list for a long time.


After playing linebacker the past two seasons, Knight has moved to safety this year. That's the position he is being recruited for by most schools, although he does play fullback on offense as well.

"It was a nice change playing safety," he said of the move. "It is different than linebacker. At safety, you are the last line of defense, but at linebacker, I can make a lot more tackles. And I do like to hit. In our first game, I didn't make as many tackles as I am used to, and the ones I did were wrap ups instead of big hits."

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West Virginia is looking at Knight at several defensive positions, which attests to flexibility of its 3-3-5 stack alignment.

"[West Virginia's coaches] said that with the way I play, I could be either a free safety, a spur or a bandit. I love playing down hill and tackling. Seeing the ball and getting to it are the best things I do."

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