Defensive tackle Hunter Knighton of Princeton (N.J.) Hun School saw his recruiting process start off relatively slowly, but now with 16 offers he has become one of the most sought after interior defensive linemen in the region. His latest offer came yesterday from Miami, which he camped at during the weekend.
"I went to their camp on Saturday and they let me know today [Wednesday]," said Knighton. "The camp was great. Coach Kehoe told me that I was competing for a scholarship and I didn't let anyone take that away from me."
Knighton, 6-foot-5 and 265-pounds, is very happy with his latest offer.
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"It's awesome," he said. "I'm staying humble about the whole process, but when The U offers you, it is a big deal."
Miami was Knighton's only camp to date.
"The times worked out well and I wanted that offer," he said. "Coach Kehoe gave me a fair and accurate evaluation from my tape and that's what made me want to come down."
Also with offers from schools like Boston College, Rutgers, Purdue, South Florida, Northwestern and Connecticut, Knighton was asked about his upcoming recruiting plan.
"I'm trying to slow everything down," he said. "I'm still very open to all schools, but the process is becoming very overwhelming. I am still planning on committing this fall."
Knighton is not claiming any favorites at this time.
"I'm not really thinking about all that right now," he said. "I just want to see what opportunities present themselves over the next few months and then think about where I want to go."
While it may be a little bit more overwhelming now, Knighton still appreciates the position he is in.
"It's amazing," he said. "I always dreamed about having this many offers. My older brother didn't have these opportunities and after seeing how things worked out for him, I am just thankful to be this blessed."
The Jersey lineman did mention that Miami, Purdue, Rutgers, Buffalo, Boston College and South Florida are currently recruiting him the hardest. He also believes that North Carolina and Michigan State may be the next in line to offer.