Knowles Commits, Will Play Two Sports At Tech

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Demitri Knowles is scheduled to make an official visit to Virginia Tech the weekend of January 21. The 6-1, 175-pound wide receiver prospect was going to enter the weekend as one of Tech’s top remaining targets in the 2011 class, but now he’ll do so as a commitment according to Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA) head coach Frank Rocco.

“Truth be known, Coach Stinespring was in today and Demitri did commit,” Rocco said. “He has a visit scheduled to Tech on the 21 or 22 of January, and he’s hoping to get his family here from the Bahamas for the visit. Although a commitment had been made, he is still trying to make sure everybody is happy with everything. I’m not saying the commitment is contingent on the visit, but everybody wants to make sure everybody is in the loop.”

Knowles landed his first scholarship offer last summer from the University of Virginia. Connecticut and Virginia Tech followed suit this past fall. Knowles made visits to all three schools, including an official to U-Conn last month, before settling on the Hokies.

“Probably two things stood out about Virginia Tech the most,” Rocco said. “The first thing is that Demitri wanted to do track as well and Virginia Tech supported that whole-heartedly. In terms of comparing U-Conn and of course UVa early on, he just felt that the track component was a little better on the Virginia Tech side.

“Then, on the football side, Demitri is still a work in progress. He is super fast with very good hands, but in terms of learning the passing game and all that, he still has room to grow. I think certainly it’ll take more time to pick up on the finer points of the receiving game. The Tech receiving corps is returning next year, so there is a less sense of urgency. Here, Demitri can learn at a slower pace. I think he felt more comfortable with that.”

Knowles finished the 2009/2010 indoor track season as the VIS state champion in the 55 meters, 300 meters and the long jump. His 300 meter dash time was the second fastest in the nation on a flat track in 2010. Football-wise, the native of the Bahamas enjoyed a big senior season, doubling his overall catch total and improving his total yards and touchdowns from the year