Finally, some good news on the recruiting trail. The Texas Longhorns landed a big fish for their 2014 recruiting class today. 2014 offensive tackle Demetrius Knox from Fort Worth (Tex.) All Saints verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns. He chose Texas over some choice programs, most notably the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Alabama Crimson Tide.
Knox was originally considered a heavy Longhorns lean, especially after his high school teammate, running back Daniel Gresham, committed to Texas back in August. In recent weeks, Texas supporters were less optimistic. Knox, who grew up in Ohio, was rumored to be attending the Ohio St.-Michigan game this past weekend. Instead, he was spotted attending the Texas-TCU matchup on Thanksgiving night.
Knox, who is rated 50th nationally on the 247 Composite rankings, becomes the sixth commitment for the Longhorns in the 2014 class. His recruitment is another step towards firming up the offensive line depth, a bare cupboard following Mac MacWhorter's departure as Texas' offensive line coach. Knox becomes the first OL commit in the 2014 class, which should have plenty of time to develop following strong 2012 and 2013 classes.
He presumably could also become the "bell cow" of the class. Knox (@meechy77) is very vocal on Twitter, and has already pledged to help recruit other recruits now that he is firmly committed to Texas. He could well follow in the footsteps of Connor Brewer, who was instrumental in holding the 2012 class together, and Jake Raulerson, who has taken the lead in rounding up the 2013 class.