July 25, 2012

New Jersey lineman hopes to visit MSU

Michigan State is looking for lineman for the class of 2013 and one of the players they are taking a serious look at is Hunter Knighton of the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 3-star prospect and got the latest detail son his recruitment.

Michigan State is not expected to sign a large class for 2013, the recent addition of defensive tackle Devyn Salmon gives Michigan state 11 commitments in what will likely be a 15 or 16 man class. The Spartans need some versatile offensive line prospects and Knighton could be exactly what they are looking for.

SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Knighton and asked him about his contact with Michigan State.

"I talked with Coach (Pat) Narduzzi", Knighton said. "I am trying to get out there for a visit in August. From what I have heard from him he said they like me as an athlete and want to get to meet and get to know me before they offer."

Knighton already has a solid list of scholarship offers on the table. School such as Boston College, South Florida, Rutgers, UConn, Miami, Northwestern and Purdue have all offered. We asked him about the scholarship offers and if he has a timetable as far as making a college decision.

"I have 16 offers right now," he stated. "Michigan State wants me for offense. Most of the bigger schools are the same. Purdue offered me for defensive end. My plan right now is to commit after I take some official visits. That would probably end up being in late November of early December."

Knighton understands that with scholarship sometimes you have to jump if an offer presents itself that you really want. He recently found out that the Northwestern Wildcats. The commitment of Sam Coverdale of Ohio to the Wildcats took the offensive line scholarship spot that Knighton was being recruited for. If the Spartans do extend Knighton an offer he may have to seriously consider jumping on it if he feels that East Lansing is the place for him.

Knighton is one of 3 or 4 offensive line prospects that are high on the evaluation list. Getting on campus could give him the inside track to a scholarship. Other players on the short-list include Shawn Curtis, Poet Thomas, Shakir Carr and Grant Lingafelter.

The Hun School in New Jersey routinely produces Division 1 talent. They play a very rigorous schedule which includes going against other schools that have post graduate prep school players on the roster. In addition, the high academic standards of the Hun School means that Knighton understand the value of a top notch education.

Spartanmag.com will continue to follow-up up with Knighton in the coming weeks.

SpartanMag.com's Take:

The Spartans want to add at least 2 quality offensive tackles to this class; right now they have offers out to Dennis Finley and Kyle Meadows. Landing both would be a best case scenario. I would put the chances at over 50% that they land 1 of them and under 50% that they land both.

Keep in mind, getting a player that another school ran out of room for is not always a bad thing. Current Spartan standouts Marcus Rush and Denicos Allen were informed that they no longer had scholarships to Michigan and Illinois respectively due to filling up.

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