Junior college 2B Knight headed to USF

Austinknight We have another new name to add to USF's incoming recruiting class, as Austin Knight, a speedy second baseman from Palm Beach State, said Sunday that he signed with the Bulls in April.

Knight, 6 feet and 195 pounds, would likely be one of the Bulls' top base-stealers -- he went 16 for 18 at Palm Beach State, while Stephen Hunt led USF in 2010 with 13 steals. Knight also hit .347, with 28 RBIs in 150 at-bats.

Knight is from Baltimore originally and is playing there this summer in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Two of his teammates in the same league last summer were USF's Sean Buckley and Jimmy Moran, and this year, he's joined by Moran, Chad Taylor and Kyle Parker. He said he chose USF over Florida Atlantic, with Auburn also showing interest. The Bulls recruited him out of high school, he said, after assistant coach Bryant Ward saw him in a showcase tournament in Georgia.

As we've mentioned with other signees, Knight is a potential draft pick this week -- he said he's talked to five or six teams, with his hometown Orioles showing the most interest. Baltimore told him he could go in the first 20 rounds of the draft, which would give him a difficult choice between two promising baseball options.

"At this point, I have no idea," Knight said of his draft expectations. "I haven't really thought about it -- there isn't an exact number I have in mind. USF is paying for all my academics. They're investing a lot in me, so that's going to be good for me."

Knight would give another option for USF at second base -- rising junior Luis Llerena settled in at the end of the season and finished with the Bulls' top batting average at .328, as well as USF's best on-base percentage at .420. USF will also have senior Peter Brotons, who started in 2009 but missed the 2010 season with injury.

More on USF players in summer leagues up north on Monday ...

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:25am]

    

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