Robert Knowles commits to Miami
The recruiting process for Edison safety Robert Knowles (6-1, 185) was not the smoothest, but it looks like everything will turn out just the way he had hoped. After not receiving much college interest prior to this season, the playmaking safety committed to FIU more than a week ago. That was right before the Miami Hurricanes came calling. Today he switched his commitment from FIU to UM and intends to sign with Miami on signing day.
“Miami was always my dream school. I’ve been waiting and I’ve been patient. When it finally came, I was so excited and I spoke to my parents about it and they felt like it was the best fit for me to accomplish my goals of becoming an NFL player,” Knowles said.
Edison has not been known recently to put out big prospects, but Knowles stuck with the program even when he was going through times of doubt.
“My 11th grade year, I wanted to transfer at first because I thought I should have had more looks. I played hard and worked hard and I was just being patient and stayed for my last year and the attention came.
There has been speculation that the reason Knowles was not as big of a name as he should have been is because of some rumored struggles in the classroom, but things seem to be looking much more positive in that department.
“That situation is looking wonderful. I put in a lot of hard work and I had to push myself through it.”
(Note I am told that Miami feels good about his chances for qualifying at the moment.
Knowles described himself on the field.
“I’m an aggressive person, I can cover, and I know how to make big plays.”
His message for Canes fans?
“Let’s go Miami, lets go. We gotta get this money.”
DMoney's Scouting Report:
This guy might be my favorite prospect in the class. His recruitment has been a mystery, and I have no idea what his grades or off-field situation is. As a football player, though?
Knowles is explosive, light on his feet, and nasty. He's a legit 6'2 with the frame to grow into a big safety. If his grades check out, he should have been offered yesterday.
I highly recommend watching Knowles' senior highlights:
Quote from Edison Assistant Coach Rene Arzu: Robert Knowles is EXPLOSIVE, has a huge football IQ, is fast, and is a natural born football player that can play on both sides of the field.