Luke Knight was always told from a young age that one day he would attend a service academy.
Soon after, Knight’s aspirations to play football at high college level and serve his country began.
Knight developed into a leader on and off the field and a winner. He threw for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in Jesuit (Fla.) run to a state championship his 15-0 sophomore season. Knight’s versatile play has led to a 25-3 record entering his senior year now at Wiregrass Ranch High School.
It’s the versatile play that Knight envisions himself in Army’s new shotgun offense during his visit last Friday.
“It’s what I am built for,” said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Knight, Army’s latest Class of 2024 commit. “It’s why coach (Army’s offensive coordinator Drew) Thatcher recruited me. The offense is my style, a QB lead system with opportunities to run and throw the football down the field.”
Knight officially committed to Army on Father’s Day Sunday as a bit of a surprise for his dad. Navy and Toledo also offered Knight a chance to play FBS football. Knight said his decision came down to Army and Navy. What give Army the edge over Navy?
“The atmosphere and the offense fit me as a person and quarterback as well as certain things about the campus and daily life,” Knight said. “I was blown away with the coaches and the facilities (during his visit) and the love I was shown combined with the future possibilities made it smooth for me to decide on Army.”
Knight’s had a connection to the Army program from his early high school career. Former Army quarterback Joe Gerena, father of Black Knights linebacker Brett Gerena, was Knight’s offensive coordinator at Jesuit his freshman season.
“I’m very close with (Joe Gerena),” Knight said. “Part of the reason I started talking to Army. I’ve had many talks with Brett and Spencer Williams (former Jesuit player and Army defensive back) regarding Army.”
Knight summed up his commitment, “It’s a dream come true.”6
2024 Army commits (14)
TE Grayson Baker, 6-7, 242, Wachsett HS, Holden, Mass.: Other offers – Air Force. Class of 2024 MVP at Army camp earlier this month.
DE-LB Will Brockmeier, 6-4, 215, Gulf Coast HS, Naples, Fla.: First offer – Army
QB Mikal Davis, 6-foot, 200, Imhotep Charter HS, Philadelphia, Pa.: First offer – Army
TE Bryce Jaworski, 6-4, 245, Wausau (Wisc.) West HS: Other offers – Air Force, Ohio
K-P Dawson Jones, Marvin Ridge HS, Waxhaw, N.C.
RB Jack Kayser, 5-8, 175, Westlake HS, Austin Texas: 2022 stats – 1,555 rushing yards, 27 TDs. First offer – Air Force. Other offers – Navy
QB Luke Knight, 5-10, 180, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Merritt Island, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Toledo
OL-DL Greg Meidl, 6-4, 250, Mankato (Minn.) West HS
WR Nolan Munroe, 6-3, 180, Bishop Moore HS, Orlando, Fla.: First offer – Army. Second offer – Nav\y. Other offers – Air Force. Class of 2024 wide receiver MVP at Army camp in June.
WR Brian Ray, 6-1, 200, Folsom (Calif.) HS: Army visit – June 9
OL Tim Savchuk, 6-4, 280, Oswego (Ill.) East HS: Other offers – Ball State
QB Nehemiah Vann, 6-foot, 190, Seven Rivers Christian School, Lecanto, Fla.: Former Florida preferred, walk-on commit. Will play post-grad season at Feltrim Academy in Haines City, Fla. Threw 60 touchdowns with only five interceptions his junior and senior seasons at Seven Rivers.
TE Ryan Vanscoy, 6-4, 230, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Navy
LB Elijah Walton, 6-1, 200, Harlan HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army.6
Offered by Navy: 4
Offered by Air Force: 4
Offered by Navy and Air Force: 2
State breakdown – Florida (5), Texas (2), California (1), Illinois (1), Minnesota (1), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (1), Wisconsin (1), Massachusetts (1)