Knox knocking on the decommitment door

Knox considers himself "55 percent" committed to Florida. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Florida could be on the verge of losing one of its Junior Day commits.

DeLand offensive tackle Benjamin Knox visited South Florida on Friday for the second time in week and put a percentage on his UF pledge after the trip.

“It’s at 55 percent now,” Knox said. “I’m still committed to Florida, but I’m open. I just want to see my options. I don’t want to just go to Florida and then not like it.”

Although the Bulls haven’t offered Knox, he called USF his second favorite school followed by Florida State. In addition to UF, the only other offers for the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder at this time are Iowa, Louisville and Utah.

Depth chart concerns are another reason Knox is looking around.

“I like Florida — the facilities, the program, everything,” he said. “That’s why it’s one of my top schools. The only thing I’m worried about now is playing time. When I get there, they’re still going to have D.J. Humphries and the 2013 signees coming in this year. And they’re going after David Sharpe.”

Knox added there’s a chance he could decommit if the Gators land another prospect at his position. They currently lead for Denzel Ward and are in great shape with Sharpe, who is the nation’s second best offensive tackle and No. 12 overall prospect in the ESPN150.

Knox said Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis is scheduled to evaluate him in two weeks. He plans to camp at UF and USF this summer.


  1. I personaly think if he’s scared of competition he shouldn’t be a gator. Nothing against the young man, i hope he remains a gator, but i think we need young men who are not scared of competition or who we are recruiting too.

  2. I hate saying this about recruits, but when they talk about “depth charts”, they’re talking about competition on the roster. I know Coach Muschamp isn’t a big fan of guys who talk depth charts.

    UF is the best school to offer him so far and he’s shooting himself in the foot if he backs out now. Plus, we don’t have any idea what his grades are like either. Anyone have any idea?

  3. Fully agree. His impending decommitment or even a decision to back off from an SEC powerhouse program for USF, which is usually a respectable outfit in a far lesser league, will send a message to other major football programs to leave him alone, as well. Gator staff needs to thank him for his interest and wish him the best elsewhere, then focus on someone eager to become a Florida Gator.

  4. Addendum: then again, how many of us were mature enough at the midpoint of our junior years of high school to make such a life choice without some shred of doubt. Let’s see how it plays out. I just think he’s a young guy who needs to be set free. He can reconsider UF later if the staff still wants him.

  5. This kid has some potential and nothing else. Very unlikely he would ever be able to offer much help in the trenches. Going to USF might be his best move. He wont get the education or training he would get at UF, but lets face it. Some people just don’t have what it takes to be a gator!

  6. To echo Maurice and some of the other posters, I remember reading some comments from Coach Muschamp that any high school player who raised “depth chart” issues was a real red flag for him.

    If the idea of coming in and competing for a chance to play is a problem for this kid, he’ll do both us and himself a favor if he decommits and goes elsewhere.


  7. Its not a problem with kids at Texas, USC, Georgia and it won’t be a problem at Florida here shortly. I agree with everyone but we still have to realize that this kid is well, a kid. What he has to remember is an old proverb, “Iron sharpens Iron”. If he really wants to be the best, it’s all about being around the best. Same goes in the pros.

  8. I am from DeLand. I doubt that Knox ends up at UF. I don’t have any inside information or anything, I just agree with the other posters. If he is worried about competition, UF is clearly not where he needs to be.

  9. If he has aspirations to play in the NFL, he needs to go to a school that is going to make him the best that he can be. You don’t become one of the best without competition. Competition is what pushes you to spend that extra time working on your technique or watching film. Many of these young guys do not have the guidance, they need, to make a good decision. They grew up reacting to emotion and/or taking the path of lease resistance. Hopefully, this kid has someone, with his best interest, advising him . The recruiting monster has created an environment for this kind of crap and it’s hard to blame the kid, because of it. Knox, never settle for the path of lease resistance or you’ll never reach your full capabilities.

  10. I don’t want to say anything negative about this kid or any other recruit. The message I would like to send to all recruits is don’t commit to any school until your sure and you’ve talk it over with your Parents
    . Visit them all and then make the decision this is the school I want to enroll in for academics and for my sport and at that time tell the whole world where your going. I also agree if your afraid of competition please go to Florida State.

  11. Even the OT phenoms don’t generally see the field the first year anyway……some even the first 2 years. But I would caution against blowing this guy off. Most early commits get cold feet at one time or another (McMillan, Brantley, Robinson last year) ….it’s just that this kid is at least being more obvious about it.

  12. I agree with most of all of you, especially when you say “the cold feet of a early signee”. Also he shouldn’t expect to start or get too much playing time early unless you are the best prospect in the country and considered a “BEAST”, which I haven’t heard anyone refer to him as. I know or feel our coaches are up front with these guys and let them know where they stand and let them know what their “POSSIBILITIES” are when they walk on to the field at UF. So I know he knew where he stood wit Humpand the incoming Stud on the way. If he is having second thoughts after he and the OL coach evaluate his status he should leave because we are not going to NOT go after the best possible athletes at that position. You are either good enough, make yourself goood enough, or leave. I only hate that LT called the kid a MORON, that uncalled for LT, be a better person than that, these are KIDS and they don’t see things the same way you do. In fact I don’t see things the same way you do, because I would not call a KID a MORON because he decides this is not the place for him. GO GATORS!!!!

  13. If he wants to decommit from Florida because he doesn’t like the depth chart, then I’m not worried about losing him at all. If I was a coach I would not want a player who was worried about the depth chart, no matter what it looked like. I would want a player who was confident enough to believe he could start, no matter who else was there. I would want a player good enough to make an impact, no matter who else was on the team. I’d want a player who was willing and wanted to fight for a starting spot and outwork anyone to get it. If I’m a coach, that’s the kind of player I’m looking for. And I believe that’s the kind of kid Muschamp is looking for. If that’s not him, then USF can have him because I don’t want him.

  14. I disagree with most of you. I actually enjoy his stance. If we can’t land the best talent at a position, we want the second best and so on. If we have what we need at a position why do we need more?

  15. DominicanGator…it is called “depth”. When you have the best player in the country starting for you and he needs to take a play off to catch his breath after a 50 yard sprint, or superhuman effort to record a tackle for loss, or, heaven forbid, gets injured (you’ve heard of that, right?) you would ideally like to replace them with the SECOND best player in the country.
    If this guys wants to have his playing time gifted to him, why would you expect him to work hard to improve? Selfish aspirations for the NFL?
    Not interested.