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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Coach's take: Benjamin Knox

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Offensive tackle Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand) was one of three prospects to commit to the Florida Gators during their junior day Feb. 16.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect, was a relatively unknown prospect before he made his pledge to the Florida coaching staff. Head coach James Thomson has only been at DeLand for around a month, but he talks about what he has seen from his star tackle and what kind of upside Knox has.

Q: What kind of player is Florida getting in Benjamin Knox?

Benjamin Knox
Florida offensive tackle commit Benjamin Knox may be unheralded, but he's full of potential.
Thomson: He's a great player. Coach [Will] Muschamp found a diamond in the rough. He's rangy, he's athletic, he's a little mean, which is what you want from an offensive lineman. With his body frame, he can definitely put on weight. A lot of what he has is potential, but he's worth the risk and it can definitely pay off big time.

Q: What is he like as a person?

Thomson: So far so good. He's done everything I've asked. He really busts his butt in the weight room. The thing that he's done is when some kids get a Florida Gator offer, they are done, they shut down because they feel like they don't need to get any better. For Ben, he's been motivated by it and he's worked harder so he can get to where he needs to be. That says a lot about his character.

Q: How will playing basketball help Knox with football?

Thomson: It will help with his footwork and athleticism. Covering a guy on the basketball court is very similar to pass-blocking a defensive end in football. It will translate pretty good from the basketball court out to the football field.