Smyrna’s Knight heads list of state’s athletes set to sign with colleges Wednesday

Smyrna High running back Will Knight posed for photos in a Bowling Green uniform during his campus visit last weekend. Taking photos in a college jersey is now a regular part of a high school recruit’s visit. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re committing to that school. Twitter photo

The NCAA’s first-ever college football early signing period begins Wednesday with some Delaware athletes expected to sign.

Smyrna High senior running back Will Knight will be holding his signing ceremony at the high school in the afternoon. Knight is a two-time state Offensive Player of the Year award winner and holds multiple Division I offers.

Knight gave a verbal commitment to the University of Delaware before the start of his senior season but the offers have continued to roll in for Knight, who broke the state’s career rushing mark and led Smyrna to its third-straight Division I state title this year.

Knight was on a visit to Bowling Green University of the Mid-American Conference recently and appeared in pictures wearing a Bowling Green jersey on social media. Of course taking pictures in a jersey is just part of the tradition of recruiting visits nowadays and does not necessarily mean a player has committed.

He also has offers from Old Dominion University, who plays in Conference USA, and Coastal Carolina, who just moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2017 and plays in the Sun Belt Conference.

Knight’s list of Football Championship Subdivision offers includes Delaware, Albany, Morgan State and Monmouth. He also has received interest from other FBS and FCS schools.

When Knight verballed to Delaware in August, Smyrna coach Mike Judy said Knight had flown under the radar for most of the recruiting process.

“They’re getting a steal,” Judy said at the time. “I think being from a small state, people kind of found out about Will late in recruiting. UD did a really nice job of getting to him when they did. I think it’s a great choice. Coach Rocco and his staff are extremely passionate about Will and they did a great job communicating how important he is to the and how much they would love to see him in Blue and Gold.”

Knight finished his senior year at Smyrna with 2,164 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns despite missing two games due to injuries. He holds the state record for most career rushing yards, 6,490, breaking the previous record held by Chris Jones of Laurel.

His historic year was capped off with his second Offensive Player of the Year award, which he also won as a sophomore in 2015. It made him the first player in state history to win the award twice.

“His humility coupled with his work ethic is a thing of beauty,” Judy said after the season. “It took a talented young man and made him a superstar. I’m real proud of him and he’s a guy I’d want in my corner everyday of the week.”

Knight’s former teammate Leddie Brown will also be signing today.

Brown played one year at Smyrna as a junior in 2016 where he was a first-team All-State honoree and part of a state championship team. Brown moved to Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia for his senior season.

Brown has a verbal commitment to West Virginia but also holds offers from Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Maryland and Louisville among other FBS schools. He has been on an official visit to West Virginia according to recruiting sites.

Brown is set to announce his signing at 7 p.m.

The University of Delaware is expected to reveal 13-15 signees during the day. Coach Danny Rocco is expected to hold an event at 11:30 a.m. which will also be streamed live on the Blue Hens’ Facebook page.

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