Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Perry No Sleeper If It Remembers to Take a Knapp

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Perry No Sleeper If It Remembers to Take a Knapp

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Perry Traditional Academy has earned a reputation for having one of the top football programs in the state.

The Commodores have reached the state semifinals four times since 1997, including the past two seasons with Scott Knapp as starting quarterback.

Knapp, a senior, had some eye-popping statistics as a junior, completing 73 of 123 pass attempts for 1,787 yards and 30 touchdowns, with only two interceptions.

Despite the gaudy numbers and Perry's reputation as a dominant program, it hasn't been enough to place Knapp, 6-feet-3, 205 pounds, among the most sought-after college prospects in Western Pennsylvania.

Knapp has not been mentioned in the same breath as Penn Hills quarterback Anthony Morelli or North Hills halfback Andrew Johnson, who recently made an oral commitment to Pitt.

Knapp is not worried about his status as a major college prospect. He is confident he will find the right college program to continue his football career once his Commodores career is finished.

A high honors student at Perry, Knapp is considering the Ivy League. His older brother, Bill, an offensive lineman last year at Perry, is playing this fall at Carnegie-Mellon.

"I've been looking at Penn and Princeton," Knapp said. "They've both shown strong interest in me."

However, Knapp is also be open to any offers he may get from Division 1-A. The Ivy League is 1-AA.

"As far as the Division 1 schools, I'm still looking at them, too," said Knapp, who felt he made a favorable impression this summer while attending quarterback camps at Michigan State, North Carolina and West Virginia.

"I don't really worry about [being recruited by the major college programs] because that's something I can't control," Knapp said.

"I just work my hardest and whatever happens and that's just the way it's supposed to be....At the three quarterback camps I went to, I personally felt I stacked up with the best of them."

The WVU camp also included a 7-on-7 double-elimination passing tournament, where he led Perry to the semifinals before losing to Nitro, W.Va. Knapp and the Commodores lost, by a single point, to lofty Massillon, Ohio, in the opening round, before coming back in the loser's bracket to win six consecutive games. …

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