Class of 2018 wide receiver Gavin Knott knows it is not easy to make it to the next level and play college football, but he, along with many, believe his shot is on its way.
Knott is currently standing around six feet tall as a wide out from De Pere High School, a suburb of Green Bay in east-central Wisconsin. A prominent high school in terms of athletics, the 1,500 student school is currently struggling with a 2-4 record halfway through the football season.
With the thought of graduation and beyond in the back of Knott’s mind, he is just focused on getting better this season and working hard with his teammates to turn the year around and make a late season push.
“I just want to try my best to help lead my team to a playoff appearance, and to earn some conference and hopefully state honors,” Knott told Armchair about his current goals. “My main motivation in high school has been to achieve all the goals that I set for myself. Whether that be team or individual, those goals help motivate me for success.”
Knott has had some experience with Division I programs thus far, specifically a few select Big Ten schools that have caught mutual attention for both parties. He has enjoyed visits to Iowa and Minnesota, as well as a recent camp held at Indiana University. He was also invited to attend a camp in East Lansing at Michigan State, but got sick and had to sit that one out.
With football season entering its second half and his high school career seeing his final moments flash before him, Knott has plans following the season to maintain his readiness for the next level. Already a sound basketball player, Knott says he plans to compete in a spring sport as well this year to keep him in prime shape.
“Basketball has been a love of mine for a long time,” Gavin said. “The other sports I will do this offseason are track and indoor soccer, which will both help me maintain a level of conditioning.”
An interesting note about Gavin Knott is that he is the son of former NFL coach, Ty Knott. Ty informed Armchair that he has previously coached in the NFL for nine seasons and also been involved with 13 NFL training camps. Additionally, he has experience coaching in the Big Ten, having been a part of the conference for three seasons. Recently, Ty was one of the coordinators for both the NFL and college all-star games. This included the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He has local ties to the area as he worked with the Green Bay Packers in one of his most recent positions.
While Ty has already worked with many great receivers, such as Jimmy Smith, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, he sees a lot of greatness in his son and wants everyone to know that there is something special brewing in De Pere, Wisconsin.
“The things that stand out to me would be his football intelligence,” Ty said of Gavin. “His preparation both physically and mentally is evident in his play.”
Ty also added words like “play maker” and “elite wing span” when talking about his son. When Gavin was asked how to describe himself, he used the term “technician” at the wide receiver position.
Ty went on to talk about how hard of a worker Gavin is and the great attention to detail that is present. During his time at camp at Indiana University, Knott spent moments with former Indiana University football player Shane Covington, which helped his game tremendously.
“The experience [Gavin] gained playing against opponents from around the country was priceless,” Ty said of Gavin’s time in Indiana. “More importantly the knowledge gained from coach [Covington] has been on display this season.”
Gavin says he does not have his attention solely on any one school, and while his experiences with Big Ten universities have been the most prominent parts of this process, he has enjoyed the journey and getting to know different coaches and programs around the country.
“I am not focused on any one school right now,” Gavin said. “I have enjoyed the process of getting to meet quality coaches like Coach Paup from Minnesota, Coach Frazier from Central Michigan and Coach Ambrose from Boise State.”
Gavin hopes his recruiting trail will pick up as he continues to help his team fight for a playoff spot this season. Despite everything that comes with moving on to the next level, Gavin just wants to keep playing football and living out his dream.
“I enjoy football too much to not want to keep playing and learning. Playing college football has been a dream of mine since I was little.”
His father knows how difficult it is to make it to the next level in any sport, and he wants people to know that Gavin has a lot to offer coming out of the state of Wisconsin.
“People look on the surface and say ‘oh that is a skill kid from Wisconsin, we only go there for lineman,'” Ty noted. “He has speed and quickness to create separation. Just turn on the tape. He plays in a system that doesn’t throw the ball all that much. However, his skill set sets him apart.”
It is indeed a fact that the state of Wisconsin can produce some talented receivers. Just look at current NFL contributors Jared Abbrederis or Alex Erickson – both were overlooked in high school and have turned their hard work into money-making dreams.
“There are skill kids that live in Wisconsin,” Ty reminded.
Gavin is inspired to keep working hard to chase his dream. Modeling his game after Odell Beckham Jr., he also holds the same confident mindset for those who wish to overlook him or ignore what he as to offer.
“Keep watching I’ll prove them wrong.”
Check out my highlight – https://t.co/2MLExGzJE7— Gavin Knott (@GKnott13) November 11, 2016
Keep an eye out with Armchair as we follow Gavin Knott’s progress and recruiting trail moving forward. Check out his 2016 highlights in the tweet above or visit his Hudl page to stay updated.
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