Romeo McKnight is prepared to end his recruiting process. The timing of the decision spawns as unselfish act.
"I need to focus on my (high school) team," the Chicago-Area defensive end said. "I don’t want any more distractions and no more stress. I’m ready to get it over with."
McKnight told AllHawkeyes.com Wednesday that he would be announcing his commitment at 12:30 p.m. CT on June 26 at Crystal Lake (IL) Central High. He’ll be choosing between Iowa, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.
Iowa is scheduled to play host to McKnight Friday at its recruiting tailgate. He is expected to be at Toledo Tuesday and is trying to set up a Miami visit before his announcement.
Here’s what the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder told us about his three finalists:
Iowa – I really like the atmosphere and the coaches there. The fans there are awesome.
Miami – I like the coaches there a lot. They’ve been talking to me a lot. I know a couple of people that go there and they really like it there. It’s a great school, also.
Toledo – I really like Coach (Matt) Campbell and Coach (Eli) Rasheed, the D-Line coach. I’ve talked to Coach Campbell a lot on the phone and Coach Rasheed at camps and stuff like that.
McKnight said the decision won’t be easy. He likes all three schools.
"It’s going to depend on how I feel at each. That’s important. I’ll talk to the coaches and the players. After that, I just have to trust my gut. I’ve done research on all of them. I love the schools. It’s just going to be where I feel most comfortable at," he said.
Rivals ranks McKnight as a three-star prospect and the No. 20 player in Illinois for 2016. Scout also rates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 14 defensive end in the Midwest Region.
McKnight said that Iowa is sending him mail but a lot of the Hawkeyes’ pursuit is coming from athletes already committed in his class.
"Cedrick Lattimore and and Chauncey Golston and I hung out a lot at Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp. I’ve also been on contact with Amani Hooker, Spencer (Williams) and Toren Young," McKnight said.
Lattimore and Golston, teammates at Detroit’s East English Village Prep, are pledged to Iowa as defensive ends. McKnight said two players already in the fold at his position won’t impact his decision.
"Wherever I go I’m going to have to compete against people. That’s not a factor for me," he said. "They said that one of (Lattimore and Golston) is going to end up playing D-Tackle. So, in that sense, they only have one true D-End right now."
McKnight said he will major in Business when he gets to college.
"I’m going to talk to the academic people a lot on these visits," he said.