Round Rock (Round Rock High School), Texas safety Jeremy McKnight may be about to see his recruitment take off after an outstanding performance in the Austin National Underclassmen Combine and the release of video on Rivals.com that shows the aggressive athlete in action.
"McKnight showed flashes of big-time talent and was named defensive back most valuable player," David Schuman wrote last month about McKnights NUC performance. "The 5-foot-9, 168 pound prospect had a 33-inch jump-stand vertical, ran a 4.43 shuttle, 4.46 40 and bench pressed 155 pounds 24 times."
While McKnight is yet to receive his first offer, he is getting letters from Texas Tech, Ole Miss, UTEP, and Louisiana Tech among others.
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"I'd say Louisiana Tech is probably recruiting me the hardest right now," he said on Monday.
Ole Miss could be in line to step up the effort, but that will likely depend on McKnight's performance at the Rebels' upcoming senior-only camp which is scheduled for July 25.
"I've e-mailed (Ole Miss) coaches and they want me to come to camp," McKnight said. "I plan on being there. I'm coming with my mother and dad."
So far, McKnight has camped at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, UTEP, and SMU and has plans to camp at LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Louisiana Tech in the coming weeks in addition to the Ole Miss camp.
McKnight is particularly interested in Ole Miss after watching the Rebels last season.
"I watched them a lot last season," he said. "They looked really good and I especially liked the physical ball that they play. I watched them in the Cotton Bowl and I liked the way the team played."
Round Rock finished 6-5 last season in 5A play and McKnight's father said his son was responsible for almost 150 tackles.
McKnight said the July trip will be his first visit to Ole Miss and he is approaching it with an open mind and hasn't done any advance research about the campus or facilities.
McKnight hopes the Ole Miss camp and other camps he attends this summer will produce some offers.
However, coaches may be waiting to see McKnight in action during his senior campaign when they can do personal evaluations during games.
McKnight said he has a 2.5 GPA had is not in receipt of his SAT results at this time.