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Monday, April 8, 2013
As good as he is, OT Knox still learning

By Damon Sayles

ALLEN, Texas -- In case anyone was wondering, Texas commit Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/ All Saints Episcopal) is, indeed, human.

Demetrius Knox
Though he recently visited Ohio State, offensive tackle Demetrius Knox says he's solid to the Longhorns.
After dominating the majority of his competition, the ESPN Watch List offensive lineman had what he called “an off day” at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. Unlike some players, Knox never panicked after a couple of one-on-one drills that didn’t go his way. Rather, the 6-foot-4, 296-pound lineman chalked his losses to lessons learned.

In addition to being a solid lineman on the field, there’s a level of maturity and humility that made Knox such a commodity during his recruiting process. It’s among the multiple assets that ultimately won the Longhorns over.

“I didn’t do as good as I wanted to, but I definitely learned a lot,” Knox said. “The techniques I was taught, I’m going to take and mix in with my own style. I feel like I got a lot better, and that’s all that matters.

“There were some different techniques I weren’t used to. But at the end of the day, I’m just happy I came out and competed. You can’t be the best until you go up against everybody. I’m going to take this experience, go back to the weight room, go back to the film and keep doing my best.”

Knox committed to Texas on Nov. 26 but has additional offers from Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and others. Knox was once rumored to be leaning toward Ohio State, but on Sunday, he quieted all gossip with minimal words.

“I’m 100-percent Texas,” he said. “Hook ’em.”