It took college coaches longer to find Ontario, Canada offensive tackle David Knevel than it probably would had he played his prep ball in the States, but the 6-foot-8, 290-pound lineman is now seeing his offer list swell and has begun the process of scheduling official visits.
"I picked schools that have shown a lot of interest in me and I was thinking about checking out," Knevel said. "At the moment I have three, though one might not be official because it is an easy drive."
The one that may turn into an unofficial visit is a trip to Toledo on Oct. 22. The Rockets campus is only three hours from his house and well within driving distance. Knevel's other two official visits will be to Nebraska on Sept. 28 and Purdue on Oct. 6.
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"That's what I have set up now and I am looking at more, but I have not figured out a date for other possible [official visits]," Knevel said. "I want to take all five."
Knevel has visited both Toledo and Purdue in the past, but his trip to Nebraska later this month will be his first time in Lincoln.
"They said it would be a great weekend because they're playing against Wisconsin and said it would be a great matchup," Knevel said. "So far our contact has been over the phone and I didn't have a chance to make a summer visit. They are really excited to see me and I am really excited to see them, check out what they have to offer and the environment there."
Knevel was on Purdue's campus just four weeks ago, and his experience in West Lafayette has created a desire to see more of what the Boilermakers have to offer.
"I had a great time and am excited to go back," Knevel said. "I was there and had a tour so I got to talk with all the coaches and I really like the coaching staff. I got a lot of one-on-one time with every coach. I want to see what it is like with the players."
This past weekend, Knevel kicked off the college football season by making an unofficial visit to Michigan State for the Spartans home opener against Boise State. The Spartans have not yet offered a scholarship, but have been recruiting Knevel for the last couple months.
"It was a great game and a great game environment for the home opener," Knevel said. "Their next move is to check out some game film and research as much as they can. They are really interested, but going step-by-step."
Knevel's offer list is now up to eight schools. Besides the three he has set official visits with, Baylor, Missouri, UNLV, Washington State and Wisconsin have also offered. Mike Leach's Washington State Cougars have a good chance to secure one of Knevel's remaining official visits.
"I was actually thinking about going to visit them this weekend for their game, but it was really short notice," Knevel said. "I definitely want to see them play and check out everything out there. They have been showing a lot of interest and I like everything so far."
Knevel attends Pauline Johnson Collegiate School in Brantford, Ont. He is rated three-stars and ranked as the No. 46 offensive tackle prospect in the 2013 class.