The 90 Illini #50: Kenny Knight July 13, 2012
6′-4″, 200 lbs.
rs-Freshman (on scholarship, 4 years to play 4)
Country Day HS / Detroit, MI
ALE Ranking last year: #80
What I Know About Him:
I know he’s tall. 6′-4″ actually seems a little short – feels like he’s 6′-5″. Any tall Illini receiver and I immediately think “is he the next Walter Young?” (who, coincidentally, TOTALLY HAD POSSESSION OF THE BALL IN THE EAST CORNER OF THE SOUTH ENDZONE IN OVERTIME AGAINST OHIO STATE IN 2002.) By the way, remember when Walter Young played basketball and actually scored 2 points against Wisconsin? Yes, that actually happened.
Wait, we’re talking about Kenny Knight. Knight was another Keith Gilmore recruit out of the Detroit area. Picked us over Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota. He redshirted last year, and will be looking to find the field immediately as a freshman, especially with four receivers leaving the program in the last month. Made a great catch on a Miles Osei deep ball in the spring game, too.
What I Expect From Him:
As I’ve said before, I have him slotted 6th. Millines-Lankford-Harris start. Whitlow-Rock battle for 4th/5th receiver. Knight is next.
But he could very easily be the 4th guy or even push Spencer Harris for playing time. Wide receiver is wide open in this new offense, and nobody is really locked in at any one position (besides Darius Millines, who I have slated for an AJ-Jenkins-junior-year breakout season).
So Rantoul will be very interesting for the receivers. Everybody, even the walkons, get a shot.