One month after de-committing from North Carolina State, Lawrence Academy senior running back Anthony Knight has found a new Wolf Pack. ESPN's Bill Hodge is reporting that the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Knight has verbally committed to the University of Nevada for the fall of 2011.
Knight, who helped lead the Spartans to a second straight ISL title and a 17-1 record in his two seasons in Groton, was one of several key cogs in an explosive offense featuring Division 1 commits Marcus Grant, Mike Orloff and Max Ricci.
This season, he ran for 1,399 yards -- including a record 314 in week one -- and seven touchdowns. Over the last two seasons, he's amassed over 2,800 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.
Knight committed to NC State last June, but last month returned from his official visit to the Raleigh, N.C. campus with second thoughts. Nevada was among the schools that immediately showed interest, and Knight told correspondent Roger Brown last month that "I have a real strong interest in Nevada...I'm probably gonna go there for a visit."
Knight is the cousin of Derrick Knight, who became Boston College's all-time leading rusher under the tutelage of then-head coach Tom O'Brien, who currently holds the same position at NC State.
Scouts Inc's current evaluation on Knight, the state's No. 13 overall prospect, reads as follows:
Knight is a 'tweener running back/fullback when projecting for the next level. At this time he lacks the size and blocking skills to project high as a major level fullback and the speed or elusiveness sought out in a college tailback. Will likely start off his career as a one-back and grow into a versatile fullback in time. Best asset his in-line running strength. Can be productive when he runs with good shoulder lean, avoids getting upright out of his cuts and simply gets North behind his pads. Runs hard and looks to finish. Shows more than adequate upper-body strength warding off high arm-tackles and above average power through his hips and lower-body absorbing the hit and pulling through initial contact. Secures the ball and is durable. Balance is adequate. Does tend to stretch the ball outside and would like to see him work on squaring up quicker through the hole as he shows flashes of above average downhill burst. However, he lacks the perimeter speed to be an effective perimeter runner in college. We did not see an extra gear to pull away in the second level and top-end speed is marginal. Can make the first defender miss through the hole but shows some hip stiffness redirecting and gearing down to cut. We do like his hands and looks to have the strength and demeanor to develop into a serviceable blocker in time. Knight would benefit from a red shirt season, continued physical development and landing in a West Coast offense.