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Getting to know a Nole: Kevin Knowles

In the coming weeks, Florida State’s true freshmen who enrolled early will have the chance to meet with the media via Zoom. As we learn more about them, we’ll include some bio information, quotes from their interviews and post the full video.

Next: Kevin Knowles. If you missed our previous look at Bryston Estes or any of the transfer profiles, they are archived here.

Quick facts: The 5-foot-11, 177-pound Knowles will wear No. 26 for the Seminoles.

High school: The four-star prospect is considered one of the top 100 players in the state by ESPN and 247Sports. Knowles had five interceptions and 25 tackles as a junior. He scored three touchdowns at wide receiver in his senior season (which was just four games).

Evaluating Knowles: The Osceola’s Patrick Burnham evaluated Knowles in December, stating: “He has great range and closes on the ball very quickly. Knowles has great ball skills, is physical and changes directions and runs very well.”

Why did he choose FSU?: “What gave me the fact to come to FSU was really the family — Coach Norvell, Coach Fuller, Coach Woodson put on my family as well. They come to me like family — I’m a family. Family comes first in everything I do. Over my recruitment process, during the pandemic, Coach Fuller, Coach Norvell, they made my family first priority, basically making sure everything was alright every day. Making sure if I need anything, ‘Just let us know,’ they were basically here for me. Right there, that just let me know that Florida State was about family. That is somewhere I know I can thrive in, become successful. Become not only a better athlete, but a better man as well.”

Is he a nickel or a corner?: “Wherever they see me fit, either at nickel or corner. They told me the best players are going to play, the best man is going to play. Just looking forward towards playing nickel, playing corner.”

Why was it important to enroll early?: “It was important to me because I told Coach that I don’t want to be just another Florida State DB, I want to be one of the best. Being able to enroll early, that gives me the time to learn to be a Florida State DB, to learn the ins and outs of college football, to learn things that take time basically.”

Are there any defensive backs he models his game after?: “Jalen Ramsey. Of course I don’t have the length, the size of Jalen Ramsey, but just watching him play, his competitiveness, everything he has, physicality, all of that. He came from Florida State.”