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Canton TE Ben Knapp heading to Penn State @CantonHighPa @CantonHPED @BenjaminKnapp7

Written by: on Monday, November 23rd, 2020


It’s been a tough year for the recruits of the Class of 21. Take Tight End Ben Knapp. The 6’5″ 220 pound senior had to deal with a covid shortened season, just four games to showcase his talents to college coaches. He did so in style, catching his 100th career pass breaking the program record, finished 2nd in history with 1616 yards and a program-record 18 touchdowns. He didn’t get any more offers, but he already had the one he wanted. On August 7 Knapp received a PWO from Penn State.  Tonight, the two-time All-State player accepted that offer and announced it on twitter:


We caught up with Ben and asked him about his decision:


PFN: How long have you played football?

Ben:  I’ve played football since I was 9 years old, back when I used to be an uncoordinated offensive guard.

PFN: Why did you choose to commit to the Nittany Lions?

Ben: Not only is it a childhood dream, but Coach Bowen is a great man that I want to work with as not only a player, but a person as well.

PFN: Who was your biggest influence at PSU, who recruited you?

Ben: Coach Tyler Bowen has recruited me throughout the whole process, and has always been very honest and forthright to me. He’s a man I want to be coached by, along with Penn State’s entire staff who does a great job.

PFN: What are they getting in player like you?

Ben: They’re getting a player who is coachable and willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.

PFN: What was the recruiting process like for you?

Ben: It was a bit spotty, but I trusted the process and worked hard and ended up exactly where I wanted

PFN: How did the Covid 19 pandemic affect your decision?

Ben: It effected it in the way that I didn’t have a lot of options due to cancelled visits and things like that, but in the end I’m where I wanted to be regardless.

PFN: What position were you recruited for?

Ben: I was recruited as a Tight End.

PFN: Do you know what you’d like to study?

Ben: I’m leaning towards studying Environmental science.

PFN: What role did your parents play in your decision?

Ben: They were super supportive of whatever decision I made along the way, and respected whatever choice I made. They are very happy with the decision.

PFN: What do you think is the most exciting thing about the Penn State program?

Ben: The culture and the family feel atmosphere for sure! It’s a brotherhood and I can’t wait to be apart of it!

PFN: What are you most looking forward to while playing for the Nittany lions?

Ben: Proving myself as a legitimate player to all of the people who don’t think I can make it at that level of competition.

PFN: Tell everyone out there in the PSU football world something they’d never know about you until you told them:

Ben: Something that people might not know about me in the PSU world is that I really did try to fix this tooth gap of mine, just didn’t quite work out that way.

PFN: Who is the person who most influenced you in your football career?

Ben: The person who influenced me the most in terms of football would probably be my Dad. He’s always pushed me to be the best version of myself, and he’s done so much for me throughout this recruiting process.

PFN: What is it you’d like all your high school teammates and fans to know about your decision that you might have a hard time saying in person?

Ben: Something I want everyone in my hometown to know is that I want to represent Canton with pride, and to show we’re more than just a small town.

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