It didn't come without a little drama, but Buckeye fans can breathe easier now that Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal offensive guard Demetrius Knox has faxed his National Letter of Intent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The 6'4, 295-pound guard committed to the Buckeyes back in July of 2013 and appeared to be a pretty solid commitment until mid-January when he started to flirt with UCLA and in-state Texas, the school he committed to first, then decommitted and even thought about taking official visits to both of the schools. In the end however, Knox decided returning to his home state for college to play for Urban Meyer was the best decision for his football career.
Of the five offensive line commits/signees the Buckeyes got in the 2014 class, Knox probably has the best chance to see the field this coming season of all of the incoming freshmen. He's athletic, strong, and a good run and pass blocker. In addition to being the most likely of the group to see the field early, he's also probably the "safest" of the five offensive linemen the staff took in this class. I would be very surprised if Knox was a bust.
Knox also received offers from Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Washington.
Our Christopher Jason took a look at Knox's tape, and had this to say about the offensive lineman:
Knox played left tackle in high school, but projects as a guard on the next level. He is a nasty blocker who has a tendency to pancake 1-2 defenders almost every play. His frame is college-ready but could benefit from a redshirt season to develop his technique. Knox will eventually be a starter at guard, but it's just tough to make the jump from high school to college football on the offensive line.
If you haven't seen the future Buckeye offensive guard in action, make sure to watch Knox's senior highlights below: