All-American Bowl: RB McKnight narrows choices
SAN ANTONIO -- No. 1 prospect Joe McKnight (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), a Louisiana native inexplicably on the West squad instead of the East, told ESPN.com that he has narrowed down his list of schools, and Notre Dame is not among them.
He plans to visit Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU, USC and possibly Miami. Also add Texas to the mix, which he'll visit if they offer him.
• Most of the wide receivers here aren't used to a quarterback with a cannon arm like the one Ryan Mallett (Texarkana, Texas/Texas) possesses. He hit a couple of targets between the numbers, and after they dropped the passes, they looked as if they might have had the wind knocked out of them. Mallett smiled about it after practice.
"Well, if it wasn't complete, it was my fault. The ball was probably in the wrong place," he said.
• The spectacle that is Deion Sanders made an appearance during lunch between practice sessions. After holding court for reporters along with former almost-adopted son Noel Devine (North Fort Myers, Fla.), he and Devine sat in the stands and took in the rest of the lunch by themselves.
Sanders had tried to adopt Devine after the running back's sophomore season, and Devine actually moved to Sanders' Texas home and was going to enroll in school there, but he abruptly left on what would have been his first day of practice, drove Sanders' car to the airport, left his keys and flew back to Florida, returning to North Fort Myers for his junior season.
Sanders was left befuddled, and all accounts were that they hadn't spoken much since.
• WR Terrance Toliver (Hempstead, Texas) might be having the most fun of anyone here. Every time he took the field for 7-on-7 drills or for the scrimmage, he tried to pump up the non-existent crowd in the stands. Goofy never goes out of style.
• If you're a fan of the 1986 Giants, there are two recognizable names playing quarterback for the East team -- Matt Simms (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Don Bosco), son of Phil Simms, and Sean Mara (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep), grandson of late Giants owner Wellington Mara.
Henry Gola is the recruiting editor for ESPN.com
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Scouts Inc. recruiting analysts are in San Antonio this week scouting practices in advance of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl: