Bruce Young, THI
Things are really just beginning on the recruiting front for Seffner, FL, quarterback Isaiah Knowles.
A member of the class of 2020, th Seffner Christian QB is getting increasing interest from North Carolina as well as Wake Forest and South Florida, among others. UNC, however, is an intriguing possibility for Knowles, who visited Chapel Hill this past weekend for the Duke game.
“Awesome,” he told THI when asked how the visit went. “My family and I had a great day yesterday on the visit.”
Knowles also checked out Duke on Friday, making the most out of his trip to the Research Triangle. So what stood out about his time at Carolina?
“Besides everything, I liked the friendliness of everyone and how welcoming they were to my family and I,” he said. “The game day environment was exciting as well. And you can’t beat the N.C. weather.”
Weather has been an issue for Knowles, his high school and community. They were hit hard by Hurricane Irma, so bad that his school was without power for a week. The Knowles’ had family stay with them and were fortunate they avoided any major damage.
As for football?
“We had a few cancellations as well as missed practices,” said Knowles, who threw 16 touchdowns against 4 interceptions a year ago as a freshman. “Our school was out of power for the week. We made up a game last Monday. We’re back on track now.”
Back to UNC and his visit. Knowles spoke with several staff members and says the relationship with Carolina is growing.
I spoke with Coach Chad Scott, Coach (John Mark) Hamilton, Coach (Gunter) Brewer and Coach (Jarrod) James,” Knowles said. “They all thanked me for coming up, especially from Florida. They’re continuing to stay in touch through the season…
“We definitely look forward to keeping the relationship going strong. Coach (Chad) Scott is also in contact with my QB Coach.”
Knowles attended one of UNC’s summer day camps in the summer, so he’s getting familiar with the football facilities and campus. He’s also been to UCLA and Southern Cal and expects to more locally hit South Florida and Central Florida for games. Visits to other schools are still in the works.
It’s early in the process, but Knowles has leader at this time.
“UNC is at the top right now.”