Nashua South (N.H.) quarterback Trevor Knight said the opportunity to play quarterback at the next level and the ability to play college football close to home are among the reasons he gave a verbal commitment to the University of New Hampshire on Thursday.
Knight, who will be a senior this fall, received scholarship offers from UNH, UMass and Albany. UNH and Albany both recruited Knight to play quarterback. UMass preferred him as a defensive back and kick returner.
"At UNH I'll have the opportunity to play quarterback in my home state," Knight said. "It's hard to beat that. UNH is where I feel most comfortable."
On Wednesday afternoon Knight told The New Hampshire Football Report that he was committing to UNH. He also announced his decision on live radio Thursday.
Knight is a dual-threat quarterback who has been Nashua South's starting quarterback since the first game of his sophomore season. Scott Knight, Trevor's father, is Nashua South's head coach.
Villanova, Rhode Island, Lafayette, Maine, Boston College, Holy Cross and Colgate are among the other schools that showed some level of interest in Knight, who also plays basketball and runs track for Nashua South.
Knight rushed for 1,180 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, when he also passed for 1,780 yards and 13 TDs. The highlight of his junior season may have come late in the fourth quarter of a 35-28 victory over Manchester Central, when he broke a 28-28 tie by running for a 71-yard touchdown with 12.4 seconds to play.
Knight has operated out of a spread, no-huddle offense during his first two seasons at Nashua South.
"Not only is the Knight kid a big weapon, but he does a great job of running that offense," Exeter coach Bill Ball said. “He has the ability to beat you running or throwing. In that offense it all starts with him.”
Knight is an Amherst, N.H., resident, but is allowed to attend Nashua South because his father is a teacher in the Nashua school district. He has led the Panthers to the Division I playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
“My friend Mike Lynch (who also played at Nashua South) is going to UNH to play defense,” Knight said. “It's a winning program. They have a lot of tradition at that (the FCS) level. It just felt right.”