When Denzel Knight was a freshman at Brockport, he was offered a chance to join the school’s varsity football team.
The next year, Knight was with the team for a practice, but went back to the JV because of his age.
Knight sees himself in the same situation when it comes to learning how to play football as a genuine college student.
The 2012 All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year seems all but certain that he will attend and play at a prep school next school year, likely Salisbury School in northwest Connecticut.
“I’m going in (on the visit) knowing that I made a choice to go to prep school so I’m looking at all of the positives of the school,” Knight said. “All I have to do is visit.”
Knight scored 28 touchdowns as a running back and wide receiver for Brockport, which finished 8-1 last fall.
He has gained 5 pounds since the football season, and said that he is 6 feet, 2 inches and 200 pounds. The Monroe County A West Division Player of the Year turned 17 years old in early November.
“I feel like the extra year will propel me to where I want to be,” Knight said.
“A lot of schools held back because of my grades, which were good. Prep school can help make that not an issue ever again.”
Knight, who said he maintains an 80 average, began to learn about Salisbury School this winter. Brcckport graduate James Simboli, whose father used to coach the high school’s varsity football team, is an assistant at Salisbury School, which is near the New York-Connecticut border.
“There are kids from Rochester there, too.”
The Salisbury School roster lists two players from Honeoye Falls, receiver/defensive back Nicholas Weston and fullback/linebacker Patrick Whittinghill.
“It’ll be a great fit for him,” Brockport coach Scott Nugent said.