February 13, 2012

Army's staff taps into the Garden State

The Black Knights had some recruiting success in New Jersey with their 2012 recruiting class, lead by 3-star prospect, Elijah St. Hilaire from the Garden State.

And as one famed New Jersey resident, Yogi Berra once said, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. As such, the Army coaching staff has and will continue to look at New Jersey as a prime source of talent that happens to be in close proximity to the historic West Point campus.

One name that has popped up early on the recruiting charts is defensive tackle Hunter Knighton from the Hun School in Princeton (NJ).

The 6-foot-6, 265 pounder has yet to receive any early offers, but that should change as he moves into his senior campaign.

"West Point is a great school and if Army offered me, I would definitely consider it ... no doubt and you can't beat that education," shared Knighton. "I would consider it as highly or as much of any other school out there."

Although the current corp of schools that are showing interest in Knighton carry a Northeastern flavor, the soon to be senior may it clear that location is not an issue. "No, I'm willing to go anywhere," adds the big offensive tackle, who indicated that he is flexible when it comes to location, as well as position.

"I started at left tackle on offense. In the beginning of the year I was strictly defensive end, but half way through the season I was switched to defensive tackle, depending on the situation. At the next level, I just want to play, so I just want to get on the field. I'm looking for a great football program that's going to competes and offers a great education."

Last season, Hun finished 7-1 and won their league with the only loss coming against the Peddie School.

As mentioned, Knighton is no respecter of either side of the ball, although it appears that offense is where he will end up at the college level. But when you speak with the New Jersey native, you can get the sense that he is having fun no matter where he is playing.

"On offense I try to completely destroy the guy in front of me when we play and just do my assignment," he adds. "And on defense I just swarm to the football.
Last year we did a lot a passing and I think I improved in that area, but I think naturally I'm a run blocker."

So what are Knighton's plans for the summer? "My number one priority is to get bigger, faster and stronger,so I'm in the weight room everyday here," he says.

"But when it comes to camps, I'm going to wait until the spring and make some decisions on that. We have morning running here and coaches will be coming in around April and then from there I will have a better feel as to where I want to go (camps & combines)."

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