San Diego State picked up three defensive players this past week at their camp, and the one of those to commit was three-star defensive back Maurice McKnight (Arroyo Valley/San Bernardino, Calif.). The 6-foot, 167-pound defensive back was almost certainly going to commit during his visit, and it became official once he toured the school.
McKnight high interest on the Aztecs is due to the 3-3-5 defense where he will play safety, but could see time at cornerback, too. He needs to add some muscle to his frame but being 6-feet, fast and having length will certainly help him be able to make plays in this scheme.
The way San Diego State's defense operates in the secondary is something that McKnight is very familiar with:
"They run a defense that I'm comfortable with and the coaches and everybody were nice and the environment is just beautiful out there."
"When the coaches showed him their scheme, a light just clicked on and he told me, 'Coach, this is what you've been talking about,'" Anthony Brown, McKnight's 7-on-7 club coach added. "He felt real comfortable with it and then when they actually went over the film and asked questions, McKnight was on point. He felt at home, because that's what he's been doing and been taught to do."
Understanding a unique defense that Rocky Long runs will be a big plus when it comes to fighting for playing time as a freshman in 2014.
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McKnight is set on playing for San Diego State, and said that he is very firm on his commitment and can not wait until he can take his official visit.