Nigel Knott, a four-star cornerback from Germantown High School (Madison, Miss.), committed to Alabama over Mississippi State and Ole Miss on his 19th birthday this past Monday, and now he’s officially signed.
Beating out Ole Miss and Mississippi State for Knott was a huge win for Alabama. His father and godfather played for the Rebels; his mother attended the school, too, and his sister runs track for Mississippi State. Knott has no personal ties to Alabama.
What is the Crimson Tide getting with Knott? Alabama just got one of the most athletic football players in the nation. At Nike’s “The Opening” prestigious football camp this past summer, Knott recorded the second-best vertical jump at 46.5 inches. We got a glimpse of his freakish athleticism here where he said he was “just messing around” after school one day.
As a senior at Germantown, Knott racked up 51 tackles and three interceptions in eight games. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder plans on majoring in finance and communications when he begins college.
Knott is rated as the nation’s No. 7 cornerback, per the 247Sports composite.