Knight makes decision

Rashad Knight

As signing day creeps closer, Rutgers remains in the hunt for a number of players. One of those was Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) safety Rashad Knight, who was down to Michigan and the Scarlet Knights. He made his decision on whether he will be a Scarlet Knight or Wolverine. Where is he going?

Rashad Knight keeps hearing from friends that Rutgers is his leader, with Michigan running second.

Apparently, that was the case because he gave the Scarlet Knights a non-binding oral commitment, choosing them and the Big East over the Wolverines.

"His mother really liked it when they were there (on an official visit), and he's going to get some good direction from her,'' Trinity Chrisitian coach Verlon Dorminey said. "I told him all along that you have to make the best decision for yourself.

"It doesn't matter what school you go to, you have to go where you fit the best, how the coaching staff fits you, and work a lot around your head coach. I'm sure that had a lot to play into it."

Knight told SportsIllustrated.com he talked over the situation with his family on Monday.

"I sat down with my family and talked about it -- I called the coach at Michigan to let him know," the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Knight said. "I just felt too comfortable at Rutgers to not go there."

On Monday afternoon, Knight told Scout.com the Wolverines' interest intensified lately.

"I've been talking to Michigan a lot,'' he said at the time. "Michigan has been hitting me up a lot during this stretch of the last couple of days.''

Before meeting with his parents on Monday evening, Knight said several factors would be weighed as he settled on a school.

"I'm going to look at how the coaches have been, and how I felt while I was on my visit,'' Knight said at the time. "Do I feel like the coaching staff is stable? Do I feel like it is a place I could live for the next four or five years?''

Rutgers has gone to five straight bowl games under coach Greg Schiano, who just completed his ninth season. Michigan has not reached a bowl game in each of the last two seasons under coach Rich Rodriguez.

"I've done some research and I think they're both stable,'' Knight said. "They're both going up. I talked to the coaches (of both schools), and to some other people.''

What does Knight like about Rutgers?

"They're doing a good job, they're going up, they have a good coaching staff and to be a part of that would be great,'' Knight said. "I can play early there and make an impact.''

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