Ohio State’s emphasis on recruiting the offensive line is evident. So is the strength of this cycle’s recruiting class.
Offensive guard Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) became the Buckeyes 15th pledge on Sunday evening and the fourth offensive lineman to commit to Ohio State in this cycle.
Ranked 193rd overall and 11th at his position, Knox is also the second ESPN 300 lineman to commit in a row, following Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle), who gave his pledge to Ohio State on June 27.
Knox is also the sixth pledge to appear in the ESPN 300 for the Buckeyes.
“He’s originally from Springfield, Ohio,” Knox's high school coach, Aaron Beck, said. “That’s an area he’s comfortable with. Our offensive line coach [John Bates] played there. I don’t know how much or how little that played into it. They have recruited him heavily and recruited him well.”
In choosing the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-4, 296-pound Knox turned down UCLA and TCU, who were among his finalists.
“It was real close between them,” Beck said. “He loved all three programs. They all recruited him well. But he has family there, so a lot of things favored them there.”
Knox, who originally was committed to Texas, is a big piece to the puzzle and is one of Beck’s strongest players on a team that has at least nine Division I college players on it.
The Buckeyes are also getting an individual who helped Louisville commit Daniel Gresham to a 1,000-yard rushing season and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
“Ohio State is getting a guy who is extremely athletic and extremely quick,” Becks said. “He’s the most flexible. The potential and upside with him, the sky is the limit. I can’t tell you how happy I am personally.”
He’s also a gigantic get for the Buckeyes, who will be in desperate need of linemen after four senior starters run out of eligibility after the season.
“Oh my gosh, their class is unbelievable,” Beck said. “It’s going to be so much fun to watch over the next five years. They’re definitely going to get everyone’s attention. We’re excited for him and his family. It’s good for him and our program.”
Knox’s recruitment is now in the books, and Beck couldn’t be happier as he could tell his big man was ready to put his pledge in the books.
“When kids start getting recruited as a sophomore, this process gets to be cumbersome,” Beck said. “Especially for a guy like Demetrius, who I think could have gone to any school he wanted to go to. Six months ago it was, 'Coach, I want to commit at the Army All-America game,' and then it was, 'I want to commit and get this over with.' ”