- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
While the high school and college football seasons are coming to a close, there is plenty of time left for recruiting, as coaches comb their recruiting charts for any possible offers and potential additions over the final months. One player receiving increased interest of late in offensive guard Jack Kness-Knezinskis (Phoenix/Pinnacle), a 6-foot-3, 270-pound athlete who has already impressed several coaching staffs.
Northern Arizona, San Jose State and UNLV coaches, as well as the staff from Colorado State University-Pueblo, the nation's No. 1 Division II school, have been in contact with Kness-Knezinskis. The senior said coaches from the two FBS schools have told him that once their seasons wind down, they will pick up their recruiting efforts.
"From what I've gotten back from the coaches, they say they love my film," Kness-Knezinskis said. "I plan to schedule visits with both schools in the near future. I want to make sure I get a good visit in to both."
The senior performed in a one-day camp with UNLV this past summer and has taken an unofficial visit to Northern Arizona, but that is the extent of his campus visits. He has done plenty of research into his potential major, however.
"I want to go into athletic training or sports nutrition," he said. "The best major so far is Northern Arizona, but with UNLV and San Jose State, if the atmosphere there on the visits looks to be great, they both look like great schools that I'd love to attend."
This season, Kness-Knezinskis starred at right tackle for Pinnacle, though he was able to get a few games in at center -- a possible destination for him at the next level.
"Pretty much all the coaches say I fit in great at guard or center," he said. "I'm a little undersized even though I've been playing right tackle. I have the speed and physical ability to move people in the middle.
"Playing right tackle helped a lot in high school. I had a lot of one-on-one blocks with quicker, physical ends. Being able to block them translates well to me playing center, where I had someone helping me with our zone-blocking scheme and I could easily get to the second level."
With Pinnacle's season over, Kness-Knezinskis gave himself one week's worth of rest before he was back in the gym and on the field.
"I've been able to get a good start on my offseason training," he said. "I let myself recover and let the bumps and bruises heal, but I want to get out there and focus on improving my technique and footwork."
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