- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
It is not every year Canada produces a BCS-level talent, but offensive tackle David Knevel (Brantford, ON, CAN/Pauline Johnson C&VS) has caught the eye of a number of programs.
The 6-foot-8, 274-pound left tackle visited Purdue and Toledo this weekend.
“We had a great time there,” Mark Miller, Knevel’s father, said. “I was impressed with their facilities and David was, too. He had a long discussion with the head coach, line coach and was there for the walk through so he has a good idea of the players they have and at what positions.
“There’s a pressing need at left tackle.”
That need at one of football’s premium positions means Knevel could see the field early, which interests him. It won’t be the deciding factor in his recruitment, though.
“The comfort level with the staff is what matters most,” Miller said.
Purdue and Toledo both extended offers this weekend, and the Toledo staff also feels Knevel could play early.
“He went to their meetings and went on the field,” Miller said of the Toledo visit.
Missouri and Wisconsin have also offered, and Michigan State could be the next.
Knevel and his mother spent two days at Michigan State, and he could return at the end of the month for the season opener against Boise State.
The Spartans took three offensive tackles in the 2012 class and will lose only one to graduation at the end of the season, so Michigan State is tight on scholarships at the position.
“The way I understand it is the coach said they don’t have a lot of spots for tackles, and he wants to take his time,” Miller said. “With David being from Canada, they want to see more film and get to know him.”
This weekend, Knevel will visit Vanderbilt and Alabama. A top group could come after this weekend.
“After he’s done with these visits he can sit down and compare,” Miller said.
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