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’27 OLB has an enviable frame and promising skill set; what he may do in ’24 seems blurry

Issac McKnight is a kid who has an athletic frame and bounce and looks to carve out a roll for himself along the defense for the Storm in ’24, probably somewhere along the Storm’s second level. We like this kid’s bend and movement and believe he may well have a breakout season. His production was impressive considering he only got run in three (3) games in ’23. Keep your shirt on! He was just a freshman.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

It is hard to get on the field over a freshman season. It is particularly hard when the program is fairly well laden with upperclassman roster talent.

Picture is blurry

The Storm were well stocked a year ago with players. The team was on the cusp of a breakout season which just seemed to see almost every bounce go the “wrong” way.

As the program continues to develop, the breaks will even out. The bounces will start bouncing our way.

Players speed up the transition quite a bit. Players like Isaac McKnight, for instance, will slap a band-aid directly on what ails this or any program.

Isaac McKnight is above pictured. Don’t adjust your screen, his picture is blurry. The blurry picture is a metaphor. That is how we roll.

The metaphor is simply thus; McKnight is a good looking kid with an enviable frame that is well put-together. However, just what we may expect to get from him in the coming Fall isn’t real clear. Like the picture, it is somewhat of a blur.

We are going to need both McKnights to show the defense the way in ’24

Chris Manning, Hopkins Central Head Football Coach

Last year, McKnight, a ’27 OLB, played in three (3) varsity games. He registered 7-tackles, a tackle for loss (TFL, and a QB-sack. It is rare for a freshman on limited playing time (PT) to pick up specialty stats like TFLs and QB-sacks.

That is fitting. You see, Isaac McKnight is an uncommonly good freshman.

The defense will need him to step-up in ’24 and lead from the front. This was not a roll required of him in ’23.

How will he handle it? We asked Chris Manning the same question.

“We are going to need both McKnights to show the defense the way in ’24 if we hope to reach our goals (brother, also a ’27 prospect, “Glenis”),” Manning told KPGFootball. “With our losses to graduation, it will be ‘all hands on deck’ around ‘The Gap.’ Good thing [the McKnights] are very good at football, though young.”

That is the high school game. Stars matriculate through the program, and then, need to be replaced. The ability to do that is what makes a program experience long-term success.

We think “The Storm” is right there. Issac McKnight will play a huge roll in finishing the race.

This is “Friday Night Fletch,” reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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