Notre Dame will at least be fresh on his mind.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward from Dixfield, Maine took his fifth and final official visit to South Bend this past weekend, as the Irish football team hosted Pittsburgh.
Tom Knight knew he’d have fun on his trip, but the visit was better than expected.
“The campus was unreal, and just the feel and everything,” Knight began. His father and Dirigo High coach also made the trip. “They had an exhibition game, and the gym wasn’t even full but the students made it seem like it was loud. I thought I could fit into that atmosphere.”
Knight said a decision could come as early as Monday, but definitely by Friday. The other four programs under consideration are Rutgers, Davidson, Northeastern and Maine.
“How I fit into the program, is it the best fit for me,” Knight answered on how he’s going to decide.
Notre Dame gave Knight plenty to think about.
Knight arrived in South Bend in time to watch the basketball team practice on Friday afternoon. He then went to the football pep rally.
“It was ridiculous,” Knight stated.
After that, Notre Dame opened up exhibition play with a 103-64 victory over Briar Cliff.
“They started out, they weren’t really in the flow of the game, but the second half they played really well,” Knight explained.
“I felt like it was a perfect fit for me. The way I play, I’m not really a post-up center. Their post players go out and shoot the three and pass the ball, and that’s how I play.”
As a junior, Knight averaged 17 points and eight rebounds, leading his team to one game short of the State Championship contest.
Notre Dame had been courting Knight since the summer after seeing him on the AAU circuit, and offered him a scholarship two weeks ago. On his trip this weekend, Knight got some one-on-one time with coach Mike Brey.
“He told me that I would be a good fit with the guys. He said with their system, it would be a perfect fit for me.
“I liked his coaching style and how he treats the team. How the team meshes together on and off the court.”
The football game, a 36-33 quadruple overtime loss, was nothing like Knight had every experienced.
“Being from Maine, the biggest game I’ve ever been to is a University of Maine football game, and that’s not anything close to Notre Dame football.”
Knight’s host for the weekend was sophomore forward Tim Abromaitis.
“He told me it’s different than a state school,” Knight began. “We were hanging out with a couple of his friends that went to a state schools that transferred to Notre Dame. It’s not a party school like a state school, and you’ll know more people if you go to this school, because it’s not as big as a state school.”
November 12th begins the early National Signing period, and the Irish coaching staff will be getting signatures from Joey Brooks, Jack Cooley and Mike Broghammer. Knight also plans to ink somewhere that day.
“It’s going to be a tough decision because I was really impressed by Notre Dame.”