The Shining Knight

Losing three senior wide receivers next season, the Wisconsin coaching staff has made the wideout position a main focus, which is evident by the 15-plus offers it has extended to the position. Detroit County Day's Kenny Knight has one of those offers, and has the Badgers on his early list of favorites.

MADISON – With eight scholarship offers from Division 1 schools already in hand and more likely to come, Kenny Knight doesn't want to rush his decision as to which university he will attend.

The class of 2011 wide receiver recruit from Detroit Country Day High School knows he doesn't have to sign his letter of intent until Feb. 2 next year, so he's going to take his time making his choice.

"I don't really want to make it a gut feeling (decision)," said Knight, who has fielded offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Toledo and Illinois, to Badger Nation.

"I really want to think hard about the decision I'm going to make. I've got until Feb. 2 until I've got to sign my piece of paper. Hopefully, I can make a decision before then."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Knight has stayed in contact with Badgers wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander. Knight enjoyed Alexander's visit to his school, and he looks forward to visiting Wisconsin's campus later in the summer.

"He's recruited me and I've gotten to know him," Knight said of Alexander. "He's a great guy. I can't wait to get over there and spend some time with him and be face-to-face with everybody. Coach Alexander came to the school, and meeting with him face-to-face was great. I just can't wait to meet the rest of the staff."

With eight straight appearances in bowl games, the Badgers have impressed Knight with their recent run of success.

"Wisconsin is a great school, and the interest is definitely there," said Knight, who visited Cincinnati this past week and plans on visiting Stanford in July.

"They've had so much success in the past few years, it's hard to not pay attention to them at all. I've always watched Wisconsin football. They've got a great program there."

In addition to attending camps this summer, Knight plans on continuing his workouts with West Bloomfield High School assistant coach Reggie Wynns.

"We train on Saturday mornings and we also train during the week," Knight said. "We do a little bit of strength training, but we really just work on the fundamentals of the game. He helps me become a better receiver. When you're playing receiver, you can always make your routes better. You can always be quicker. You can always be faster. You can always be stronger."

Already possessing a seven-foot wingspan and 4.5-second 40-yard dash time, Knight hopes the training will make him into a complete package.

"I'm really trying to show everybody that I come in contact with that I'm one of the top receivers in the nation and I'm a force to be reckoned with," Knight said. "I want to prove to all the coaches that I can really help their programs be better and be a playmaker for their school."

Knight's parents have played a large role in his recruitment as well. When it comes time to make a decision, he knows they will be right there with him.

"My dad has been a big influence on me, but, just the same, my mom has been right there helping me with these decisions," Knight said. "She always just sits down and lets me know the variables of these schools. She helps me through all these big decisions.

"It will be a family decision when I sit down and I finally decide where I'm going to go."

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