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Palm Beach Gardens’ Benjamin School has produced high-level talent over the past several years, helping start the careers of Buffalo Bills cornerback Kaiir Elam and FSU quarterback Jordan Travis.
Next up could be rising senior athlete Ricky Knight III. While Elam went to Miami rival Florida and Travis ended up with the Seminoles (after starting his career at Louisville), Knight is considering joining the Hurricanes.
“I like their competitiveness and also the fact that they represent the crib,” Knight told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Knight, a two-way athlete who played cornerback and wide receiver for Benjamin last season, is rated a three-star prospect in 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is listed as the No. 39 athlete and No. 439 player in the 2024 class.
Miami is recruiting Knight as a cornerback, and the Benjamin standout said he speaks to UM coach Mario Cristobal, secondary coach Jahmile Addae and offensive analyst David “Pop” Cooney the most.
“They are all great guys and I have an amazing bond with them,” Knight said.
Knight, who had 33 tackles and one interception last season, has been a frequent visitor on Miami’s campus recently, taking two trips in March and April before watching UM’s spring game on April 14.
“My favorite part of those visits is just the fact that they always show a lot of love to me no matter who is there,” Knight said.
Knight has three official visits planned so far for this summer, including one to Miami. He also plans to visit Florida State and Penn State.
Knight said he thinks the Hurricanes are not far from turning their fates around despite finishing last season with a disappointing 5-7 record. The Hurricanes brought in the No. 7 recruiting class in 2023. After a slew of commitments in the past week, Miami currently has the No. 21 2024 recruiting class.
“The ‘Canes have a special program,” Knight said. “I feel as though in about two years, or maybe this year, they can have a great season.”