SEFFNER – It was a fade to the back end zone.
That was Isaiah Knowles’ first ever touchdown pass coming against St. Pete Catholic last August. He says he knew at that moment that he could be really good at being a quarterback.
The 5’11”, 180-pounder excelled at a high level for Seffner Christian as a freshman. He threw for 1,442 yards, 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Knowles is still only 15 years old but you wouldn’t know it when you talking to him or watching him play football. He’s mature beyond his years.
He did, however, say he felt a lot of nerves early last season.
“Yeah. Everybody was looking to see how I’d do,” Knowles told Prep Sports Scouting. “A lot of people were depending on me but we got through the season.”
It’s been all about quarterback for Knowles since he started playing the game at age 4. He started there and mixed in a little defense early on.
“I like how the position is most relied on,” he said. “The quarterback runs the team and the offense and is a leader. I feel like I’m a leader and I fit with that role perfectly.”
In terms of his biggest strengths, Knowles pointed to these three things: deep ball, movement out of the pocket and being elusive in the pocket. He’s aiming to improve his ability to tuck it and run more.
The Crusaders went 7-4 this past season. Knowles has a certain game marked on his calendar, Oct. 6 against Cambridge Christian.
He says he’s friends with Cambridge seniors Richard Gouraige, Andrew Cunningham and Jaylin Jackson. Knowles plans on playing his best for that matchup.
Knowles enters his sophomore season under second-year head coach Travis Puleo.
“It’s really a blessing. He’s [Puleo] a good coach and he knows what he’s doing,” Knowles said. “He communicates well with the whole team.”
No offers have come yet for the 2020 prospect, but he’s also drawn interest from North Carolina, USF, Furman and Wake Forest.
Knowles has been a football player ever since he can remember, but he also played a little basketball in middle school.
Even with three years left in high school, Knowles has bright aspirations for himself.
“I want to be a pro. I want to play Saturday’s on TV and then I want to play on Sunday’s,” he said. “Hopefully, it works out, but if doesn’t I still want to have football in my life. I would want to be a coach or a trainer.”
Seffner Christian opens the season on Friday at Zephyrhills Christian. If all goes to plan, Knowles and the Crusaders will be competing for a top spot in Class 2A-District 3. He is an up and coming quarterback and someone who is very fun to watch.
Favorite players to watch – Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Odell Beckham Jr., Jameis Winston
Playlist before games – Lecrae, Travis Scott, Migos, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean
Favorite movies – The Blindside, The Madea series
Favorite TV shows – Blackish
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “My grandpa has been going viral for his fishing. He has caught a 300-pound jewfish. He has a video on YouTube with 17 million views. That’s random about me, no one really expects that.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Zay”
Game film: Knowles’ Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.