With only six games slated for his senior season, Hunter Knighton (Princeton, N.J./The Hun School) has been able to focus on recruiting the last few weeks. Over that time he has come up with a top five and set three official visits.
Boise State, Boston College, Miami (Fla.), Purdue and West Virginia make up the three-star defensive tackle’s top group. His next official visit comes this weekend as the No. 28 player in New Jersey heads west to visit Boise State beginning Friday.
“I’ve never been out there. All the other schools I’ve been to at least once,” Knighton said. “I’m trying to get a gauge for everything. Me and Coach [Chris] Petersen have a good relationship so far so I want to meet him in person. I want to get a feel for the school and team and see if I get that gut feeling when on campus.”
Purdue will receive the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Knighton’s next official visit, and that will come for the season finale against Indiana the weekend of Nov. 23. While the Boilermakers have struggled this season, they were one of the first to offer Knighton, and that has stuck with him.
“They offered me very early in March. That was big for me back then. They were the first big school to take a chance,” Knighton said. “Coach [Danny] Hope has been great the whole process. I think the biggest thing with them is they have such a great interest in me and think I can play early.”
Knighton’s interest in Miami really began a few years ago and started with Temple. A short drive from Philadelphia, Knighton was a fan of Hurricanes coach Al Golden when he was walking the sidelines as the Owls coach.
He also has a strong relationship with his potential future offensive line coach in Art Kehoe.
“Coach Kehoe is great. He came to visit me and told me what I needed to do to earn a scholarship at the camp and I took it as a challenge and had a good camp and got the offer a few days later,” Knighton said. “Coach Golden is probably the main reason I wanted to go there because his reputation at Temple and coming from the Philadelphia area.”
The Canes will host Knighton for an official visit the weekend of Dec. 7.
Although no date has been set, he plans on visiting West Virginia before making a decision. The Mountaineers were once Knighton’s dream school.
“It was always a dream school for me. When I was little me and my brother always talked about West Virginia. That first attracted me,” he said. “Obviously this year is kind of disappointing but they’re always a good team. Playing in that offense, in that scheme would be a lot of fun.”
Boston College received its official visit back in September, and while the coaching situation in Chestnut Hill is tenuous at best, that does not mean Knighton is ready to move on from the Eagles.
“I’d still consider them,” he said. “My best friend David Dudeck is a running back there now. He’s one of the main reasons I’m looking at there. He loves the school so much and we have similar personalities so I think I’d fit in well there.”