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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Gators land offensive tackle prospect

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just 10 days after finishing its 2013 recruiting class, Florida landed its second 2014 offensive line commit during its junior day on Saturday.

Six-foot-5, 265-pound tackle Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) chose Florida over Utah.

Benjamin Knox
Deland, Fla. offensive tackle Benjamin Knox committed to Florida during its first junior day on Saturday.
Knox said mother played a big role on his decision to attend Florida.

"It's close to home," Knox said. "I was happy because my mom wanted me to go here. It's close to home, I like the facilities and I like what they have going on here."

Knox said he didn't come to Gainesville expecting a Florida offer.

"I wasn't expecting it," he said, "but then my coach talked to me and told me, 'They really love you. Just come in and show them that you're good and show a good attitude.' "

The very quiet and reserved Dorsey said pass protection is probably his greatest strength as a tackle prospect.

Knox joins Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines offensive guard Travaris Dorsey as offensive line commits in Florida's Class of 2014.