With all of the new coaches around the country, many recruits are trying to pick up the pieces of their recruitment. Hunter Knighton is no different. The defensive tackle from Princeton (N.J.) Hun School is trying to figure out what all of these new coaches are going to do about his recruitment.
"The coaching situations at Boston College and Purdue are affecting me," said the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Knighton. "I'm not going to make any decisions about them until I know the new coach. That said, if the new guys come in and they're great guys, it could change everything.
"My visit to Purdue was good," he said. "I had no idea what was going on with the coaching situation when I was there. I thought, and most people thought, that after they won their last three games his job was pretty safe. The game and things like that were really great, it was a heck of an atmosphere. The school itself, academically, was a great fit for me I want to study mechanical engineering so that would be a perfect fit for me. I'm waiting to see who the new coach at Purdue is going to be.
Knighton's top five schools, in no particular order, are West Virginia, Purdue, Miami, Boston College and Boise State. He is taking official visits to all but one of the schools and has really liked what he has seen.
"The Boise State visit was awesome," he exclaimed. "I've never been to that part of the country. The whole area was really clean and nice. I was really impressed by everything. Going that far for school wasn't really an issue. It's a pretty easy plane trip.
"Of course the sanctions at Miami are a concern of mine," Knighton explained. "I think them self-imposing some penalties will affect them and hopefully, after that, the NCAA will make a ruling instead of dragging this out. At the same time, I'll be a freshman next year and I couldn't see them affecting me too much.
"I have an official visit down there this weekend," he said. "The biggest thing on my visit is to see how I fit in with the team, coaches and how comfortable I am on campus. Those are the main things I want to get a feel for. Also, I want to see some of their new football facilities.
"I have visited West Virginia a few times," said Knighton. "There's something about that school that I just really like. Getting to know the staff, the way they run things is a little different down there. You can't beat that kind of football and atmosphere they have week in and week out. I'm trying to see how everything goes with these first few visits and maybe I'll end up taking an official visit out there in the next few weeks."
When will Knighton and be making his decision? "I'm trying to wrap it up in the next few weeks, hopefully sometime in December around the holidays," he said. "I don't know who I'm going to pick yet.
"It all depends on what happens with Purdue and Boston College, it could change in a few seconds," Knighton said. "I have no idea right now. I'm pretty split between all five. I definitely say Miami and Boise State are recruiting me the hardest with Boston College and Purdue being up in the air.
"The one thing that is made me hesitant about West Virginia is how off and on they have been recruiting me," he said. "I haven't spoken with Coach Holgorson and that's a big worry for me, not knowing what the head coaches like."
But what is Knightons gut feeling?
"Miami is definitely up there with one or two other schools."