February 1, 2012

Knapp ready to improve in college

Guard Kyle Knapp from Portage Central High School in Michigan may be ranked as the 50th best player at his position in his class, but the three-star recruit still feels like he has a lot to work on before coming to play for Syracuse in the fall.

"You can always improve on everything," Knapp said. "I still need to work on my speed, my footwork, strength. I need to learn the plays there and just get some more knowledge of the game for Syracuse."

Knapp has verbally committed to the Orange and will officially sign his letter around 7:30 Wednesday morning.

"I still got a lot of work to do," Knapp said. "When I realized I was going division one I was really happy. It was a good feeling, but I just kept doing the same things. There's definitely that 'wow' factor, you're going to have a lot of people watching you and stuff, but other than that I just kind of try to keep doing what I was doing."

Knapp may be a bit small for a lineman at 6-4, 265 pounds, but his attitude and desire will likely help him compete against players larger than he is.

"I just think that my work ethic is probably the thing that sets me apart the most," Knapp said. "I'm trying to get bigger, but I'm not really the biggest guy, but I've just been trying to work my way into it. I've been lifting a lot, and just working on technique, and just working my hardest to try to set myself apart from everybody else."

Despite his focus on football, Knapp cares about his education as well. This, he noted, was one of the main reasons he chose Syracuse over other schools.

"I really liked the education there a lot," Knapp said. "I know I can get a good degree there. I like the guys there, I like the coaches there a lot. They're real good guys, they believe in strong Christian values and just hard work, and I just feel like it's a place where I could really thrive."

Knapp said that he hopes to double major in broadcast journalism and business at Syracuse. But mostly he is excited about seeing what it is like to be a member of the Orange football team.

"I'm just really looking forward to meeting the guys and then just really seeing what it's all about," he said. "All I've heard is talk … so I'm just really excited to see what the lifting is like, what practices are like, which I've heard are brutal, and just really see what the whole experience is like."

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