Steve Spurrier plucked away another one of Georgia’s top college football prospects on Sunday.
Alan Knott, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman, committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks among his 15 football scholarship offers, which also included Virginia Tech, Miami, Central Florida and North Carolina.
Last February, Spurrier imported 12 recruits from the state of Georgia. This year, for South Carolina’s Class of 2013, he already has seven commitments from Georgia – and Knott was the second one in two days. Camden County OL JP Vonashek picked South Carolina over UGA on Saturday.
Knott is ranked as a 4-star by ESPN. “I think South Carolina is getting a guy who is going to be a really good offensive lineman,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the AJC. “He’s very athletic and has a great punch. When he comes off the ball, he can really knock people around. He has got long arms, and that’s another thing colleges want. I think he’s a guy who can play multiple positions on the offensive line. He can be a center or a guard. He may play tackle, too.”
Why South Carolina? “He felt comfortable there,” Walker said. “He liked the coaches, and South Carolina is in the SEC. I think he felt comfortable with what they’re doing and how he fits in there.”
Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247sports, on Knott: “He’s got a good frame. I watched him do mat drills at 6:45 one morning before school. He has great feet. I watched him jump rope. I think they [South Carolina] want him to gain a little but more weight. But he comes off the ball well. I think he’s a very good offensive line prospect. I think he’ll play at a legit 6-5 and 280 pounds before it’s over with.”
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