Will Knight

Will Knight backs from verbal agreement to attend University of Delaware and has signed his letter of intent to play for Old Dominion University in Virginia.

This week marked the beginning of another pivotal period as high school athletes hope to earn a spot on a college roster in the future.

A live recruiting period opened this week, meaning that many college coaches are visiting high schools and talking to their high school colleagues looking for rising talent.

(PODCAST: Smyrna's Mike Judy speaks with Sean Greene about high school recruiting)

There's a lot of money on the line, as the NCAA reports that over 150,000 athletes receive in excess of $2.9 billion annually for athletic scholarship aid at Division I and II schools.One program in Delaware that has graduated players into earning some of that money is Smyrna football, which won Delaware's Division I state title 3 straight years from 2015 to 2017.

Among Smyrna's recent graduates are Will Knight, Delaware's all-time leading rusher, who is now at Old Dominion, quarterback Nolan Henderson, who is trying to work his way into the starting lineup for the Blue Hens, and their former teammate Leddie Brown, now a running back at West Virginia.

Smyrna Head Coach Mike Judy is receiving some of those collegiate visitors this week, and talked about some key questions they ask, including academics, family life, discipline, work ethic, and even occasionally on their skill on the field.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).