“He’s originally from Springfield, Ohio,” Knox's high school coach, Aaron Beck, said. “That’s an area he’s comfortable with. Our offensive line coach [John Bates] played there. I don’t know how much or how little that played into it. They have recruited him heavily and recruited him well.”
In choosing the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-4, 296-pound Knox turned down UCLA and TCU, who were among his finalists.
“It was real close between them,” Beck said. “He loved all three programs. They all recruited him well. But he has family there, so a lot of things favored them there.”
Knox, who originally was committed to Texas, is a big piece to the puzzle and is one of Beck’s strongest players on a team that has at least nine Division I college players on it.
The Buckeyes are also getting an individual who helped Louisville commit Daniel Gresham to a 1,000-yard rushing season and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
“Ohio State is getting a guy who is extremely athletic and extremely quick,” Becks said. “He’s the most flexible. The potential and upside with him, the sky is the limit. I can’t tell you how happy I am personally.”
In joining the Buckeyes’ 2014 class, he is part of a class that includes tackles Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Jamarco Jones.
He’s also a gigantic get for the Buckeyes, who will be in desperate need of linemen after four senior starters run out of eligibility after the season.
“Oh my gosh, their class is unbelievable,” Beck said. “It’s going to be so much fun to watch over the next five years. They’re definitely going to get everyone’s attention. We’re excited for him and his family. It’s good for him and our program.”
Knox’s recruitment is now in the books, and Beck couldn’t be happier as he could tell his big man was ready to put his pledge in the books.
“When kids start getting recruited as a sophomore, this process gets to be cumbersome,” Beck said. “Especially for a guy like Demetrius, who I think could have gone to any school he wanted to go to. Six months ago it was, 'Coach, I want to commit at the Army All-America game,' and then it was, 'I want to commit and get this over with.' ”