February 17, 2010

Detroit Country Day (MI) receiver receives first football offer from CMU

Kenny Knight is a talented 2011 prospect from Detroit Country Day (MI) that recently drew his first offer from Central Michigan yesterday. In football anyways. Knight also excels on the hardwood and has also drawn an offer from CMU to play basketball. All in all it has created a unique situation for the 6-foot-4 and 190 pound athlete, and he has yet to make up his mind on what sport he will pursue at the next level.

"You know, I love both sports, and I can't really decide right now," said Knight. "It's going to be a family decision and we will sit down and decide what sport offers me the best opportunity. Right now I'm just focused on trying to lead my basketball team to a state championship."

Currently Knight is in the tail end of basketball season and he has the Yellow Jackets primed for a run at the state championship.

"We're 14-1 overall and looking good. We just beat up on Davidson by like 40 points and really things are going well. We had a tough loss to Kalamazoo Central earlier this season, but we had some tough injuries to deal with and our 6-foot-11 guy, Amir Williams, didn't play that game. But that's not an excuse and we're just going to continue working towards our goal of winning a state championship."

Knight had previously been offered by CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler and the basketball program, but hadn't received any offers in football until yesterday. As he explained, receiving that first offer lifted a big burden off his shoulders.

"I'm just really happy right now. I got a phone call around 2 or 2:30 yesterday and Coach Enos offered me. It's the first offer for me so it is just so relieving to get that first one and take some of the pressure off. Hopefully this starts a snowball effect and I can start adding some more."

Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Florida, Syracuse, Oregon, Connecticut, Miami (FL) and Purdue are among the numerous schools that have been showing major interest in Knight. While just about every program in the entire country is keeping tabs on him, it's two in-state programs that may create the most intriguing battle for his services.

With two former teammates at Michigan State and the Spartans ties within the Country Day program, they appear to be the frontrunner. But, as everyone knows by now, new CMU head coach Dan Enos was a former ace recruiter in East Lansing as well as a top notch coach, and Knight is now well aware of Enos's new position.

"I knew he was at MSU before," said Knight on his previous knowledge of Enos. "But I actually just read about him heading over to CMU a few days ago."

But Enos isn't the only one in the CMU football program that has been in contact with Knight. His main recruiter at CMU just so happens to be one of the newest hires in Mount Pleasant, and it's clear he wasted no time hitting the recruiting trail.

"My main recruiter is Jay Johnson (CMU quarterbacks coach). He seems like a real cool guy. I talked to him through email and on the phone, and he is real effective with his time. We actually got things set up for me to visit, so I'm heading up there tomorrow to check the facilities and see what its like to be a Chippewa"

This will be the first trip for Kenny Knight to Mount Pleasant, as he has not visited CMU before.

"No, I haven't," said Knight on whether he has been to CMU or not. "The second they extended the offer I was trying to set up a visit so I could go there and check things out."

Last season Knight caught 28 passes for 561 yards and he quickly emerged as one of the top wide receivers in the state. He is big target and is working to improve his speed to become the complete package.

"I would say my game is unique," said Knight. "My best attributes are my ability to separate and my body position. I was also blessed with big hands, so I can catch the ball really well. On the field I'm able to get open and have the ability to make plays. My teammates and coaches have trust in me to make big plays when we need them. And really, I'm a student of the game; I actually watched the Super Bowl and broke down the wide receivers like Pierre Garcon and everything, just to see what they were doing and their tendencies."

While Knight is an impressive athlete on both the gridiron and hardwood, he is equally impressive in the classroom. He boasts a 3.6 GPA and has the skills and academics that CMU is looking for under Dan Enos.

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