- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas -- His best friend has given the Longhorns his pledge. So what’s next for Demetrius Knox?
The Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints offensive tackle is in no rush to make a decision, despite the fact teammate Daniel Gresham committed to Texas on Tuesday.
“I don’t feel pressure,” Knox said. “But everybody else is just waiting for me to say the word.”
On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman publicly flirted with the idea of making a commitment on his Twitter account. After talking things out with family members and the All Saints coaching staff, Knox had a change of heart.
Had he committed on Monday, Knox says he would’ve picked Texas. Looking back though, the 2014 prospect is glad he listened to others’ advice.
Knox now feels he can’t consider a decision without first taking unofficial visits to Texas and Ohio State. He called UT offensive line coach Stacy Searels on Monday to let him know the Longhorns are still very much in it, and Knox also planned to talk to Buckeyes assistant Ed Warinner this week.
Knox grew up in Ohio and lived in Dayton and Springfield. He'd like to make a trip to Columbus as soon as possible for either a campus visit or a game this fall.
“[OSU is] a great university,” he said. “I’ve never been, but I know almost everything about Ohio State. They’re going to be a powerhouse in these coming years. Their rivalry with Michigan is going to be a good one again.”
He and Gresham will not be able to visit Texas this weekend as previous planned due to an All Saints team function, but Knox said it’s possible they'll drive down to Austin next weekend.
Behind those two schools, Knox has six other programs he’s still interested in: Alabama, TCU, Baylor, UCLA, USC and Oregon.
Now that Gresham is a Longhorn, he’ll shift his attention to making sure Knox joins him on the 40 Acres. The two talk about their recruiting processes on a daily basis.
“He went to their camp and just showed out completely. He dominated everybody there,” Knox said. “I thought he was the best running back there. I’m proud of him.”
They’ve promised each other they will play together in college. Many assumed that meant Knox’s pledge would come soon after Gresham committed, but All Saints coach Aaron Beck doesn’t feel Knox needs to decide now.
For Gresham, the choice was easy. Not too many programs have a need for fullbacks. When Texas is your first and only offer, Beck said, you better take it.
But Knox has options. More than 15 offers, in fact. He doesn’t have to sign a letter of intent for nearly 18 months.
And he plays a position that’s among the most coveted by recruiters. They’re not going to stop offering or calling.
The way Beck sees it, why end the recruiting process now?
“There’s only so many 6-foot-5, 300-pound people that walk the face of the earth,” he said. “There’s not a lot of those.”