Jonathan McKnight, Scout.com three-star cornerback from River Ridge-John Curtis, La., took an…
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Jonathan McKnight, the 5-foot-11, 155-pound three-star cornerback from John Curtis High School in River Ridge, La., has helped lead his team to a perfect 9-0 regular season with 25 tackles and one interception. The Patriots open the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 13 against Mangham High School. McKnight, ranked as the No. 59 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, hasn't scheduled any official visits and still denies a leader. "I haven't narrowed it down yet," McKnight said. "I still haven't ruled anyone out." Although it wasn't an official visit, McKnight attended the Alabama/LSU game on Nov. 7. "It was great," he said. "The crowd was really into the game. It was nice seeing two schools that I like playing each other." So who was McKnight rooting for? "I was pretty neutral," he laughed. But McKnight admits he's been more than impressed with the Tide defense this season. "I love their defense," he said. "I think that Alabama will probably win it all this year." McKnight has also been to two games at LSU (against Auburn and Florida) and says the Tigers stacked up well against Alabama. "They really played a good game," he said about their loss to the Tide. "I like how they never give up. They have a good defense too. "To me, Alabama and LSU are about the same," he said. "Seeing a game at either one is great. The crowds are real loud and you can't say that one is better than the other." McKnight says he'd like to take at least four visits before making a decision. "I'm taking it slow," he said. "I want to build a good relationship with the coaches and see what everyone is like. "I know I'll be visiting Alabama and LSU," he said. "But I'm still looking at Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee." He also says he just got a new scholarship offer from Washington. "They just offered me last week," he said. "I talked with (secondary/cornerbacks) coach Demetrice Martin and he says they really need corners. He said that I could play early and help them turn it around." It should be no surprise that McKnight says that distance will not be a factor, since his older brother, (running back) Joe McKnight, decided to head to the West Coast and chose USC over more local schools. "Distance doesn't bother me," he said. "It wasn't an issue for my brother and it's not a big deal for me. He told me to go wherever I felt the best and that's what I plan to do." McKnight reports a 2.6 core GPA and is took the ACT for the first time on Oct. 24.
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