In the days leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game, USA TODAY High School Sports will be checking in with a number of players for their accounts of the events and activities in Orlando. This entry is from Mississippi cornerback Nigel Knott, who hails from Madison, Miss. At 5-11, 174 pounds, Knott is ranked as the No. 4 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com.
This whole experience started with the first day, when I flew down to Orlando. It was my first time being in this area of Florida, and as soon as we got off the plane it was pretty crowded. There were fans around already who knew who we were and we had to sign autographs from the airport in. People knew what was going on.
The practices have been great. There’s a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, so it’s really competitive. You have to make sure you’re going 100 percent all the time at this level. They’ve been leading up to (Thursday’s) skills challenge, and you have to keep your body ready.
It’s been great going back and forth with offensive players that are so talented. I’m just trying to get better with my technique, and have spent a lot of time talking with my skills coaches and everyone else. I want to make sure I’m improving from this experience.
As of right now, I’m going to make my four official visits left. I already went to Oregon in September. I’ll take them in January but I might have to take one in during the week just to fit it in. I’m making my decision based on what the best place is for me, where I can get to play and the atmosphere I’m looking for. People will have to wait and see where those four places are.
We’ve been getting some pretty cool stuff from Under Armour. The shoes are pretty slick. The Cam Newton jacket, the zipper is a little to the right, that’s a cool number, too. We have a pretty cool outfit every day. It’s fun.
They keep us busy when we’re not practicing, too. We’ve been to an NBA game already, we went to Hollywood Studios at Disney World. Today we have a bowling party and tomorrow we have a big football watching party. They always have something for us to do, which has made it a great experience.
My torn meniscus injury really hurt me, but I’m back to 100 percent, and I’m ready to go. People should know that wherever I end up next year, I’ll be ready.