Top JUCO wideout hopes to find home for 2010

One of the top JUCO wideouts in the country last year was Saddleback's T.J. Knowles (6-8, 245) and, while he could return to the Gauchos for another year, he wants teams to know he can leave after summer quarter wraps up with three years of elibility remaining. With that in mind, four D-1 schools have let it be known they are willing to wait on him due to his size and athleticism...

Knowles prepped in Las Vegas and was all set to play for West Texas A&M, but two car accidents in a six month span made him re-think things.

"The second one was pretty bad because it was a roll-over accident," Knowles told "After I redshirted (at West Texas A&M) I decided I didn't want to stay because I felt like I could play at a higher level, so my coaches talked to the Saddleback coaches and I transferred hear last year."

As a freshman wideout, the Gauchos used him in a number of ways and out of several different formations and he led the team in receptions (49), yards (924) and touchdowns (seven).

"They used me out of the slot, out wide, in tight, out of a 'bunch' formation," Knowles said. "Basically, they lined me up to use me in the best ways possible so I could use my size and athleticism and my physicality to overmatch the defense."

Because he possesses tight end size and wide receiver speed -- he recently posted a 4.57 forty time -- D-1 schools have let it be known they like what he has to offer and four have told him they are even prepared to wait for him so he can enroll after summer quarter.

"I only have two classes I have to take to get my AA," Knowles, who is an outstanding student, said. "I had a 4.02 GPA in high school, so schools don't have to worry about me in the classroom.

"Washington State has talked to me about coming up there this summer and I've talked to Arkansas State, Bowling Green and Memphis a little bit about the same thing. They've all told me they want me enough to wait on me to get done so that they can have me and that's what my goal is -- I want to play D-1 this fall."

Should Knowles finish up this summer he would have three years to play three, but if he doesn't find the right situation, he said he's prepared to stay at Saddleback one more season and then he'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

We'll continue to keep tabs on Knowles' progress and update news as it happens.

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