Thursday, April 12, 2012

NUC Player Spotlight - Terrance Knighten

NUC Player Spotlight - Terrance Knighten
Photo by: National Underclassmen Football Combine

NUC Player Spotlight - Terrance Knighten

Courtesy: National Underclassmen Football Combine Staff
          Release: April 12, 2012
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Position: Offensive Guard/Center
Grade: 2013 
Height: 6'3   
Weight: 270lbs 
Hometown/HS:  Van Nuys, California (Birmingham HS)
Strengths:  Knighten has excellent size and strength that translates into Division 1 college football. He is a physical mauler on the inside who has quick feet and does a good job of moving his body and getting himself in position to make the block. Knighten is strong in both his upper body and lower body and keeps good balance when changing directions. He plays well when things are getting physical. Knighten enjoys throwing his body around and doesn't mind mixing it up from time to time. He does a good job of extending his hands quickly and making contact with his opponent. Knighten has good explosion off the ball. He gets out of his stance quickly and engages into the defender before he is able to gather his footing. Knighten is a highly intelligent young man who works hard on every play and never backs down from competition.
Weaknesses: Knighten has good potential for the collegiate level but has areas of improvement that he needs to work on throughout the offseason. He has good strength but needs to get bigger and gain more muscle to his thick frame. Knighten is quick for his size but sometimes gets too ahead of himself when getting out of his stance. He can beat by a double move sometimes because he locks in too much. Knighten needs to learn to release the defender when he has to and be able to keep on him while he is making his pass rush move. He needs to learn more ways on how to block the defender and not try to use the same blocking technique every time he is on the field. Being more versatile and gaining more strength should be key to improving his game in a major way.
Overview: Knighten recently competed at the NUC West 5 Star Showcase where he came away as one the top offensive line prospects in attendance and he is hoping the NUC combine as well as others could eventually lead to him receiving his first college offer. Knighten is patiently waiting for that offer to arrive and since his performance at the NUC West Showcase he has seen college coaches talk more of an interest in his abilities. Knighten says schools like Duke, Iowa St, Washington St, Utah, Vanderbilt, California, Oregon St and San Diego St have taken an interest in his skills and are currently evaluating his tape to see about a possible offer. He has been able to attend a player camp at Washington St University recently and both Knighten and the Cougars coaching staff both left the camp with good impressions on each other. Knighten is planning to attend several other camps this summer and his recruitment should take off after a big impression during his upcoming senior year.
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