September 9, 2010

Muskegon DL looking at State

One of the top uncommitted prospects in Michigan for the class of 2011 is defensive lineman Damon Knox of Muskegon High School. Knox has several BCS scholarship offers already on the table. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect and got the latest on his recruitment.

Michigan State is still looking to address the defensive line position for the class of 2011 and Knox is one of the players that the staff is looking closely at. Knox camped at Michigan state back in July and was one of the better performers at his position. Based on SpartanMag.com's analysis, Knox and current commitment Joel heath were the top prospect on the defensive line that day.

Spartanmag.com asked Knox about his recruitment.

"I have offers from Michigan State, Michigan Illinois and Ball State, Knox said. I was at Michigan State last weekend and I will be back up there for the Notre Dame game."

Knox informed Spartanmag.com that his primary recruiter from the Spartans is Coach Mike Tressel and he has been keeping in contact with him throughout the process. Knox had the following to say about the Spartan program.
"I love the coaching staff and the campus, Knox said. I also like the facilities they have there too. Those are the things that are pulling me toward Michigan State. Plus I like that they are a winning program."

Knox indicated that he is not in a big hurry to make his decision and as of right now his plan is to wait until after his senior year before he makes his college choice. Right now he is focused on his senior season. Muskegon High is currently 1-1 on the year and Knox is hoping to help lead the Big Red back to Ford Field.

One of the reasons why Knox's recruitment has been somewhat under the radar is due to him having to take care of some academic issues. Like many recruits, Knox dug himself a hole early on in his high school career and now he is having to work hard to get everything up to where it needs to be to be fully eligible. We asked Knox about that.

"Things are coming along, he stated. I am re-taking a few classes, but I think everything will be OK as long as take care of my grades."

One of the reasons why the Spartans like Knox is due to the fact that he has the size to project and multiple positions on the defensive line. He could project at the strong-side defensive end spot or he could end up sliding inside and playing some defensive tackle if he ends up in the 285 range.

SpartanMag.com evaluated Knox at several camps/combines this spring. His size and style of play is reminiscent of former Spartan defensiev lineman Kevin Vickerson of Detroit martin Luther King High School. Vickerson need to shore up his academics during his senior year in order to become eligible. He actually signed his letter of intent a few days after Nationa Signing Day once the Spartans were able to confirm he would be a full academic qualifier.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Knox in the coming weeks. Michigan State is sitting in a good position with the Big Red star. If things go well, he could become the next Muskegon standout to play for the Green and White.


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