Winning is expected by Knott, fellow 2013 freshmen

dmclemore@thestate.comJuly 10, 2013 

Offensive lineman Alan Knott from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga.

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — GoGamecocks

Alan Knott brings more than a winning attitude to South Carolina's football team.

He has credentials to back it up. Just don't think he's ready to call it a day with the victories he has under his belt.

"It makes me greedy," he said. "I want to keep winning. I want to keep winning and not lose a single game."

The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Knott signed with the Gamecocks in February out of Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga., and enrolled in Columbia in June.

The Patriots won three state championships and had a record of 56-2 while Knott was in high school. Their record in the three years with him as a starter was 42-1.

Knott joins Skai Moore and Gerald Turner as the three South Carolina signees whose high school teams did not lose a game in 2012.

"I feel like it's a totally different attitude with someone who comes off of a winning team," Knott said. "They want to win and they're used to winning. When they lose, it doesn't feel good. They're going to do everything in their power to win."

USC's 21-member 2013 signing class won nearly 80 percent of its games last season (202-54 overall record).

The offensive linemen's squads led the way, with their four schools posting a 49-5 mark.

Coming from a winning high school programs has its advantages when those players transition to college, said Keith Niehbur, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports.

"I always like guys if they're already talented and come from a winning program, where winning is expected, where it's expected that you have to train in the offseason," Niehbur said. "Those habits of expecting to play in big games, of expecting to win, of expecting to work during the offseason come along with a kid when he arrives in college. It's not something he has to develop."

Knott was the No. 18 offensive tackle and a four-star prospect, according to ESPN. He played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl along with future teammates Bryce King, D.J. Park and David Williams. Knott picked the Gamecocks over North Carolina.

Knott said he has heard he is an under rated prospect, but says he focuses primarily on playing the game.

"He's a guy nobody's talks about," Niehbur said. "Excellent player, helped lead his team to a state championship. He's a big kid, high upside. That's a guy two or three years will be starting. I really like the frame and the attitude."

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