Defensive tackle Hunter Knighton of Princeton (N.J.) Hun School took a visit to a junior day this past weekend and came home with his first offer. Now the big lineman is hoping for more offers, as interest continues to mount.
"Coach Molnar from UMass offered me this weekend," said Knighton. "It was great. I got a really good sense of the new staff and the type of program they are trying to establish at UMass."
As Knighton plays on both sides of the line in high school, UMass is open minded about where he will play at the next level.
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"They are giving me a choice of what side of the ball I would play, which is really nice when position coaches are fighting over you," said Knighton, who is 6-foot-6 and 265-pounds.
Next up for Knighton are at least three more visits.
"I'm going to BC and Navy's spring games and Pitt invited me to a practice this spring as well," said Knighton. "Yale, UConn and Penn State have also sent emails and letters."
During his visits, Knighton is attempting to absorb as much information as he can.
"I really want to gain a feeling of the coaches I will be playing for and how they feel about me," said Knighton. "I want to play at a place where I am wanted a lot."
With UMass offering Knighton for either side of the ball, he was asked if he had a preference.
"Not at all," he said. "As long as I am on the field playing and helping the team win it really doesn't make a difference to me."
Knighton is eagerly waiting for the day to jump back onto the field with his teammates.
"I want to get bigger, stronger and faster," said Knighton. "We start team spring workouts next week, which is exciting."