Demetrius Knox Comes Home
By Michael Chung
If there is one axiom in recruiting coverage it is this: expect the unexpected. Recruiting analysts were fairly certain August would not arrive without another OSU commit. With only a few days left in July, OSU has #15, but it was not who they expected.
It is a glorious day for Ohio State fans. One week before fall camp opens, Ohio State received some great news: 6’4” 290 lbs. OL Demetrius Knox out of Fort Worth, TX, but grew up in Springfield, OH, became the 15th member of the Ohio State recruiting class for 2014. Knox is the fourth OL commit of a class that will have at least five OL joining Marcelys Jones, Kyle Trout, and Jamarco Jones.
Ohio State would like to add one Juco and are targeting Chad Mavety but their OL recruitment is filling up fast. Offers are still out for the likes of —Damian Prince, Alex Bookser, David Sharpe, Brian Wallace, Natrell Curtis, and Roderick Johnson—to name a few. With Timothy Gardner dismissed from the team, there could be 2 more OL in the 2014 class but there will for sure be at least one more.
Knox said he would commit when he felt the time was right, not offering a specific announcement date. The time must have been right because Knox committed to Ohio State on Sunday.
Knox had been communicating via social media his appreciation for places like Miami and UCLA along with places like Florida having few OL scholarship players but actions speak louder than words and his interaction on social media with OSU commits was an indication where his heart was. He also seemed to be spending more time with OSU commits at camps like The Opening while also interacting with OSU fans via twitter and message boards.
His stock really began to rise early in the summer at a Rivals camp where he won all of his match-ups including against five-star DL Andrew Brown.
Knox grew up a big Buckeye fan and his voiced his displeasure of TTUN many times. His favorite player is Braxton Miller. Knox said commits like Damon Webb, Stephen Collier, Sean Nuernberger, Jamarco Jones, and Jalyn Holmes have been in contact with him. Kyle Trout was also spotted talking to Knox at The Opening.
Knox originally commited to Texas a few days after the Michigan game but a March visit to Ohio State was the first step towards his Longhorn de-commitment and eventual pledge to his hometown Buckeyes who he grew up following.
His best friend—Daniel Gresham—was with him on the OSU visit and he also de-committed from Mack Brown. Gresham has since pledged to Louisville. Knox told me that Gresham to Louisville was a slight advantage to OSU because they would only be 200 miles apart but what probably turned Knox up north was the chance to play early as OSU will lose four OL from this year’s team as well as a chance to win championships.
Scout.com writes, “Knox had to deal with some injuries as a junior, mostly a lower back injury which cost him playing time. Plays tackle in high school, but will likely be a guard in college. He has a nice frame for adding more weight and is very athletic for an OL. He moves really well, especially laterally. Long arms and quick feet. Will like to see how he develops and if he can stay healthy in 2013. Has upside but needs to develop more consistency snap to snap.”
Knox originally was going to visit UCLA, Miami, Florida, and Florida State on officials but tweeted that he is done. The next visit Knox will make is to Ohio State during the season and is scheduled to come to the Penn State game though that could change.
With 15 in the fold for 2014, there looks to be around 6-7 more spots that remain. Who will be 16, 17, and 18? With recruiting, you really never know.