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January 6, 2009Lithonia (Martin Luther King HS), Ga. linebacker Joel Kight has completed three official visits and appears set to make his decision after he takes one more official visit.
"I'm going to Ole Miss on Jan. 16 and after that trip, I think I'll be ready to make my final decision," Kight said on Monday afternoon. "I do want to take all my visits first, then I'll make the decision."
Kight has already completed three official visits - all done last fall - which included Boston College, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech. He says his final three are Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State.
Kight, at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds (up from 5-foot-9 when he was measured at a Nike Camp last spring), appears on the small-side, but his size hasn't stopped recruiters from being in pursuit.
He is being recruited by both Tracy Rocker, the Rebels' defensive line coach who recruits the Atlanta metro area, and Tyrone Nix, Ole Miss' defensive coordinator.
"Both of them are talking to me," Kight said. "They are telling me that I really need to come on over and play at Ole Miss and that they think I could help their team."
One thing that has Kight impressed with the Rebels is their impressive win over No. 8 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl.
"Oh yeah, I saw that," Kight said. "They played well. I could see myself fitting in that defense."
However, one thing Kight wants to see is what goes on at Ole Miss during a non-football weekend.
"I pretty much know what it's like at any college campus on the day of a football game," he said. "I want to see what it's like on a regular weekend away from football."
There's a history with Nutt and small linebackers that includes Sam Olajubutu, an undersized linebacker at 5-foot-8, 225 pounds from LaGrange, Ga., who fared well at Arkansas. He started 40 games and was only the 14th player in school history to eclipse 300 tackles while earning an All-SEC first-team honors in his last two years.
There's also some more history with Nutt and the Kight family.
Nutt recruited Kight's older brother when the current Rebel head coach was at Arkansas.
Kelvin Kight, his older brother, was also a star at Lithonia High School before playing at Florida. Kight was drafted by the Patriots and now is in the CFL.
"I'd say that the best part of my game is my quickness" he said in a previous Rivals.com interview. "I'm not the tallest linebacker out there, but I try to play bigger than I look and I can do that with my speed."
Kight's performance at the Tuscaloosa NIKE camp last May has helped his cause and cemented him as a legitimate Division I prospect. That camp featured some of the top linebackers in the southeast. However, it was Kight, who walked away with the MVP trophy.
Kight had 65 tackles and four sacks in the first five games for Martin Luther King as a junior. During that stretch, he also rushed for 250 yards and seven touchdowns. He didn't have his statistics from his senior season available on Monday.
Kight supports a 3.8 GPA and has already scored a 950 on his SAT.
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