Sidelined with an injury for the beginning of this season, Germantown (Madison, Miss.) cornerback Nigel Knott hasn’t been able to showcase his talent yet. He is expected to make his season debut on Friday night as the Mavericks open up district play against Vicksburg (Miss.).
Come January, Knott will be able to prove himself on a bigger stage, alongside some of the nation’s best after receiving his Under Armour All-America jersey as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America game because of seeing it last year. It was great!” said Knott. “Everything I saw online and watching it on TV, I enjoyed everything about it and it seemed like a great thing to be in.”
Even though most of the players have met at smaller camps throughout the years, Knott understands the importance of this game, in particular.
“When you throw on pads, that’s when you really see where you stand among the nation,” Knott told USA TODAY High School Sports. “Going 1-on-1 without pads doesn’t give you the full look. It’s a great opportunity because you can showcase yourself as one of the best in the nation.”
There’s no denying Knott is one of the nation’s best.
The 5-11, 175-pound corner is being recruited by some of the best programs, coast-to-coast. It’s no wonder, seeing as Knott is ranked as the No. 45 player in the country, No. 5 at his position and No. 2 in the state of Mississippi according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
We’re going to have to wait to see just who will obtain the services of Knott, though.
“I’ve been thinking about (postponing my decision) for a while, and it kinda just happened once I felt the pressure, because I wasn’t completely sure,” Knott said, also mentioning he has no timetable to officially make his decision or announce where he’ll be visiting. Knott initially intended to make his announcement during the Selection Tour.
The school’s still in contention are as follows, in no order: USC, Oregon, Alabama, Florida state, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
“I’m looking for somewhere I can fit in and play. If I’m confident and I feel good there, I’m going to ball out and just do the best I can,” Knott said, oozing with confidence. “I just want to find where’s going to make me the best player.”
Knott said he’s learned that you can’t do it all yourself when it comes to recruiting, and that his family have played a major role throughout the process. Enjoying spending time with his family, though, hasn’t been his favorite part of the process.
The All-American mentioned meeting D’Anthony Thomas and Richard Sherman at The Opening in Oregon as the highlights of his recruitment process thus far.
When asked if he’s better than Sherman, the future two-sport college athlete answered with that same confidence.
“Richard Sherman’s on top so it doesn’t matter what I say, but I’m coming for him, that’s all I’m gonna say!”