Detroit Country Day wide receiver Kenny Knight has collected nine scholarship offers thus far in the recruiting process. The 6-4, 190-pound receiver has not declared a leader, but he is getting closer to narrowing his list down to a group of favorites.
Among the nine schools that have offered Knight are Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Central Michigan and Toledo. He attended camps at a few other schools this summer in search of additional offers.
"I went to Notre Dame's camp, Michigan State's camp and Stanford's Monday Night Ball," Knight reported. "When I was out to California camping at Stanford, I stopped by and visited Cal. I didn't know much about Cal until then, but they are definitely a program that will have a great season this year and make a run for a championship. I have been talking to them a lot lately."
This summer's camps allowed Knight to show off his skill set to college coaching staffs considering him for an offer, but it also gave the Detroit native a chance to check out those schools' campuses and one program in particular caught his attention.
"I feel really good about Stanford," Knight said. "Even though I don't have an offer from them I still really feel like what they have to offer speaks for itself. A school that can give you the opportunity to win a Pac-12 Championship and give you a great degree, that's really what I am looking for."
Knight discussed the possibility of an offer with the Stanford coaching staff, and he is optimistic that they could come through when their next wave of receiver offers are sent out. Michigan State and Notre Dame also showed interest, but an offer from those schools appears less certain.
"They both told me I performed pretty well, but when I went to Michigan State's camp they had a lot of receivers offered and I think they filled up their receiver [scholarships] soon after camp," Knight said. "The same thing with Notre Dame, they've got a bunch of offers out right now and are just waiting to see if they are going to get some commits out of the group they have already offered."
With summer camps behind him and his senior season ahead, Knight's primary focus will return to his team, but recruiting will never be far from his thoughts.
"My game plan right now is to focus on my senior year of football," Knight said. "I am taking my time with this recruiting process, but I feel like my team, my coaches and my school deserve the best of my potential.
"Recruiting is not off to the side… I still talk to coaches. I have not made a top five, but I am starting to focus in and key on the schools I feel I could have the most success at on and off the field. I'm looking to make my decision some time after the season."
Knight is not opposed to making visits to schools this season on weekends that do not conflict with his team's schedule, but he has yet to schedule any official visits for the fall.
"I sent out an email to some of the schools and talked to some of the coaches that have offered me just to make sure they know that the interest is there," Knight said. "I have a bye week Week 7, so I am looking to try and take a visit that week. Then, after football season is over I will probably take my remaining official visits before basketball season starts."
Although Knight has not finalized his list of favorites, he did talk about a couple schools that stood out at this stage of the process.
"Cincinnati is a great school that gets their players to the next level," Knight said. "Everybody knows about the great season last year and I know they are going to repeat or go even farther.
"Indiana is also a great school. Their program is starting to come up and I feel with some playmakers coming in, it will definitely take their program to the next level. I definitely have a strong connection with them.
"All those programs are great, but I'm still trying to take my time and see what is all out there and make sure I am making the right decision."
Knight is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 10 player in the state of Michigan. He caught 28 passes for 561 yards as a junior.