Texas Longhorns: Demetrius Knox

Key recruiting visits -- Big 12 

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With less than two weeks remaining until national signing day, every official visit is huge -- for the athlete and for the program. Some schools are in need of elite athletes more than others.

Here are 10 names to keep an eye on as they take their official visits to Big 12 schools:

1. ATH Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper)
Visiting: TCU


A two-hour trek eastbound to Fort Worth is making some Longhorns fans wonder -- and, perhaps, worry. Joe, an ESPN 300 athlete, has been committed to Texas since August 2012, but with the coaching transition from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong, Joe has checked out other options just to make sure Texas is the place for him. Look for TCU to roll the red -- or purple -- carpet out for him.

Texas recruits hanging with Longhorns 

September, 8, 2013
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Being the Joneses has its perks.

But when the Joneses can’t live up to their own way of living, things can go awry very quickly.

Manny Diaz found out just how quickly Sunday afternoon when he was relieved of his duties as Texas’ defensive coordinator not even 24 hours after the Longhorns gave up a school-record 550 rushing yards and 679 total yards to BYU in an embarrassing 40-21 loss in Provo, Utah.

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Thursday’s commitments from ESPN 300 wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas High) and brother D'Onta Foreman gave the Longhorns 21 commitments in 2014, leaving them just a few more spots to fill.
Here are a look at five positions of need that could help Texas put a bow on this class.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- One could argue that the group of offensive linemen Texas signed in 2013 was as strong as any school's class in the country.

Darius James, Kent Perkins and Jake Raulerson were all ESPN 150 recruits and Rami Hammad had close to 50 offers. That doesn’t even include junior college offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, who many project will start at left tackle for Texas this season.

Those players coming in combined with the youth already in place on the roster, means that the Longhorns aren’t in dire need of offensive linemen again in 2014. At least not the degree they were needed this time a year ago.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Think back to national signing day in February.

As top recruits across the state sat down to sign their letters of intent and secure their futures, Daniel Gresham was sitting in a hallway outside his coach’s office at Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints.


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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We release this every Friday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

In this week's edition of The Heard:

  • Georgia DE intrigued by Longhorns
  • Gresham still solid
  • Checking in on Heard
  • Gators commitment will visit Texas
  • Decision coming soon for brothers
  • 2016 ATH big fan of Texas
  • Lynch a 2015 QB to watch


Read The Heard after the jump.


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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We release this every Friday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

In this week's edition of The Heard:

  • The latest in CB Brown's recruitment
  • More on Knox’s decision
  • New Longhorns offer willing to learn more about UT
  • Saunders getting interest from top school
  • Mayes on the radar
  • Barrett wants Texas offer


Read The Heard after the jump.


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Knox no longer an option for Longhorns 

April, 22, 2013
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Word didn’t get out until Monday, but Demetrius Knox isn’t afraid to admit he hasn’t been committed to Texas since Thursday.

That’s when the Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints offensive lineman said he told Longhorns coaches he wanted to reopen his recruitment. What happened that led to one of the biggest members of Texas’ No. 1-ranked class to back out?


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OL Demetrius Knox decommits from Texas

April, 22, 2013
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Texas’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class suffered a blow on Monday when Demetrius Knox decided to decommit from the Longhorns.

The Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints offensive guard had been committed to Texas since November but took unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Ohio State this spring. All Saints teammate and Texas commit Daniel Gresham confirmed Knox’s decision.

The news of Knox’s decommitment is hardly a surprise considering how his recruitment has played out since that Nov. 26 pledge. Though Knox considered himself one of the leaders of the Longhorns’ 2014 class, the Columbus, Ohio, native had expressed interest in taking visits to out-of-state schools on multiple occasions this spring.

The biggest reason for Knox’s decision to pick Texas was the fact Gresham was also committed to the Longhorns. The two plan to play together in college, and at the time of his commitment last August, Texas was the only school to offer Gresham.

Knox, a 6-foot-4, 296-pound lineman, said in an interview a month ago that he was still solid with UT and had developed a great relationship with the coaching staff. Still, he knew the fan base was beginning to expect that he could back out of his pledge.

“Everybody feels threatened that they're going to have another big-name decommit,” Knox said at the time. “That's understandable. But if I was going to do it, I would've done it by now."

Before committing, Knox also considered Ohio State, TCU and Alabama. He's also shown some interest in visiting UCLA and other schools on the West and East Coast.

Despite Knox’s decision and the fact they’re a package deal, Gresham said he has not decommitted from Texas.

“With all due respect, I’m my own person,” he said. “Demetrius felt like it was the best choice for him.”
There is no telling when or whether the Longhorns and Aggies will resume their heated rivalry, for which Texas claims bragging rights, for now, with a win in the 118th meeting back in 2011.

While they might not be trading blows on the field, the battle waged on the recruiting trail is as heated as it has ever been.


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


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Five stories to watch: Dallas NFTC 

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The Nike Football Training Camp series will continue outside of Dallas on Sunday. Athletes will trek to Allen, Texas, the home of one of the most impressive high school stadiums in the country. Allen Eagles Stadium, a $60-million facility, opened last year and featured nearly 22,000 fans watching Texas powers Allen and Southlake Carroll clash.

Here are five storylines to watch on Sunday.

Talented DBs aplenty

It’s been said on multiple occasions that the 2014 class may be one of the strongest in years at producing big-time defensive backs in the region. The battle for defensive back MVP has the potential of being extremely competitive with players such as Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Roosevelt) expected to be in attendance. Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) has committed to LSU, while Dylan Sumner-Gardner (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) and Armani Watts (Forney, Texas/North Forney) have pledged to Texas A&M. Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark), a 2015 prospect, has verbally committed to Alabama. All of the DBs will have their shots in one-on-one drills against equally talented ESPN Watch List receivers such as Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and Texas commit Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper).


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S Adams bonding with Texas commits 

April, 2, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The leaders of Texas’ 2014 recruiting class are a determined group. When they put a fellow recruit in their crosshairs, he’s in for a whole lot of love and attention.

For months now, Jamal Adams has been the target. The ESPN Watch List safety from Lewisville (Texas) Hebron is still constantly hearing from UT commits Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe, Demetrius Knox and Daniel Gresham.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- It was only a matter of time before 2014 center Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper) became a Texas Longhorn.

That time came on Saturday.

Terrell Cuney
William Wilkerson/ESPNClass of 2014 center Terrell Cuney is Texas' ninth commit of the Class of 2014.
Cuney, who had told HornsNation in the past that he wanted to visit a few schools before making his decision, decided the time was right to go ahead and pledge to the Longhorns.

In town for Texas’ spring game, Cuney let the coaches know in a visit in their office.

“It takes a lot of pressure off of me,” Cuney said. “I just felt like it was time, simple as that.”

Cuney chose the Longhorns over offers from TCU and Texas Tech but was receiving heavy interest from a host of schools, including Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Utah.

He joins Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints) as Texas’ offensive line commitments, and is the ninth overall commit in Texas' 2014 class.

“I went into their office and sat down with all the coaches,” he said. “It was just something I needed to do. I can’t wait.

“They were too happy. Everybody was just congratulating me. I told Coach [Mack] Brown, Coach [Stacy] Searels and Coach [Bo] Davis.”

The Longhorns loaded up on offensive linemen in 2013, adding one of the best units in the country. The Longhorns won't take many offensive linemen in their 2014 class. But a program can never have too many linemen, and the Longhorns got a good one on Saturday.

“They are getting somebody who is going to work, somebody who is going to do whatever it takes to make them better,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”

Cuney is the second player to commit to Texas in the last 24 hours. Bryce English, a 2015 defensive tackle from DeSoto, Texas, committed on Friday.

The Longhorns have also offered several 2015 recruits in the past few days as they try and keep momentum on their side on the recruiting trail.

Gresham sends message with Texas visit 

February, 25, 2013
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Daniel Gresham knew the best way to dispel a belief wasn’t his words. It took actions.

That, in a nutshell, is why the Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints running back woke up early on Saturday morning, boarded a plane at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and made a surprise appearance at Texas’ second junior day.


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