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Monday, May 13, 2013
Demetrius Knox sets up official visit

By Brad Bournival

Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) has started with one, and it’s the one Ohio State fans were hoping it would be.

While the former Texas pledge plans on taking his five official visits in the fall, he only has one set up and it’s for the Oct. 25 weekend, when the Buckeyes take on Penn State at The Horseshoe.

A trip up to Columbus, Ohio, in March showed the hulking 6-foot-4, 296-pound offensive guard much of what he wanted to see behind the scenes.

Now he wants to see what the fans can show him and he’s picked what he thinks is the biggest home game on Ohio State’s schedule this fall.

“I feel like I’ve seen everything there is about the program in my last visit,” Knox said. “I want to see how the game atmosphere and what the stadium atmosphere is like. I want to see how the coaches coach the players.

“It’s probably the second-best game there is in college football other than Ohio State and versus the team up north. I’m expecting Ohio State to get after it.”

While Knox also wants to take official visits to Florida State, Oregon, Miami (Fla.) and UCLA, he put the Buckeyes on the board first.

And it wasn’t an accident.

“It’s the first and only one I’ve set up so far,” Knox said. “They’re sitting up there. Obviously, they’re high right now since they’re the first and only visit I’ve only set up so far.”

Knox gave his commitment to Texas on Nov. 26 over Ohio State, Alabama and TCU at the time, but felt like he and the program were growing apart and gave his decommitment to the Longhorns on April 18, though he waited four days to make it official.

The aforementioned unofficial to Ohio State happened on March 23, when he brought teammate Daniel Gresham with him for a visit. Both are now back on the market as Gresham was a Texas commit along with Knox at the time of his trip.

If the Buckeyes were to grab Knox, it would be a big shot in the arm for their recruiting class of 2014 and an even bigger get for the offensive line.

With only Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) in the class so far, Ohio State is looking at the position hard with four seniors out of eligibility following the season.