Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Prospects working on ESPN 300 OL Knox
By Tom VanHaaren
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Offensive lineman Demetrius Knox has had an interesting recruitment thus far. The one-time Texas commit is now no longer considering the Longhorns and will likely head out of state.
The four-star lineman has a current top five of UCLA, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida and TCU and says he still needs to further evaluate these programs to see which is the best fit for him.
"The only thing to separate them is to watch them this season and see who wins," he said. "I'm used to being on a winning team and that's how I want to be in college."
While Knox says he does still communicate with Texas coach Mack Brown on occasion, it seems like a longshot for the Longhorns to get back in the race. The ESPN 300 recruit has already started planning his official visits to his top schools and knows which games he would like to see.
"I think I'm done for summer visits, but once the season starts up, I'll be taking official visits," he said. "I'm going to UCLA for the Cal game, then Ohio State when they play Penn State, Florida against Florida State and then Florida State when they play Maryland."
Since his decommitment from Texas, there have been rumors that Ohio State could be in the driver's seat. Because Knox is originally from Ohio, he doesn't deny the possibility of eventually becoming a Buckeye.
"It's beautiful at Ohio State. I went there on a visit and I got hyped up just listening to the lady talking about academics," he said. "Out here at The Opening I've already talked to some of the Ohio State kids. They're asking me when I'm going to commit already. They're doing their job, but I have to take my time and pick my school."
It's no surprise that Knox has so many options and so many other prospects trying to recruit him. The 6-foot-4, 296-pound lineman has been a standout performer at The Opening. Former Ohio State and NFL offensive lineman, LeCharles Bentley, is one of the coaches at the event and had positive things to say about Knox.
"He's still young, but he's still learning how to play the position. He's a kid that has developed very quickly in terms of his physical development," he said. "He's really not quite comfortable in his skin yet, but he's a kid that has tremendous body control. He can use it, but he doesn't know what he has just yet."