September 11, 2010

Chippewas not showing much interest in in-state DE Damon Knox

Highly recognized defensive end Damon Knox from Muskegon (MI) is looking to have a big senior year. The 6-foot-5 and 265 pound three star prospect is hoping to turn heads as he begins to build his impressive list of offers. He currently has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan with interest from Ball State.

While he feels that list is impressive and an indication of his talent, Knox also has interest in a few SEC teams.

"I really like LSU and got into Georgia's RaRa Ralley, it really hypes you up a lot," said Knox. "I'm just looking to feel comfortable where I go, and I hope to pick a school where the coaching staff will be for a while, said Knox.

Nobody has questioned the type of talent Knox has, and he was very impressive at the Midwest Elite Camp last spring, but what has been questioned is his academics and whether he would be fully qualified for the 2011 class.

"I should be qualified by the second tri-semester, all I need to do is get my ACT up a little which I am working on now. After that is taken care of I want to make a commitment to the team by February" said Knox.

While he is clearing up things off the field, Knox also knows he is far from a complete product on the field and continues to hone his skills at Muskegon.

"I have a very good bull rush, but I need to get more pass rush moves so I can get to quarterback better. Also I need to develop more first moves so I can get off the ball quicker," said Knox.

Knox has not received much interest from Central Michigan as of now, but he offered a couple thoughts on the Chippewas after he visited Mount Pleasant last year.

"I went down there for junior day, and for a small school I liked the campus and liked what they have going," said Knox.

Knox's first game of the season was against perennial power Macomb Dakota, and although Muskegon would lose a tough game, Knox displayed his athleticism and strength going against Indiana commitment Benard Taylor.

"My game went pretty good, I showed really good hands and Taylor, an Indiana commit, was a good early season test for me. I pretty much beat him but wasn't getting the pass rush I needed so I could get to the quarterback, and that's I why I need more pass rush moves. So I have been watching film of the game and seeing what I can do to improve," said Knox. "I want to lead my team to many wins but I'm only focusing game to game and I'm focusing on the team goal of making it to states."

While it appears that Central Michigan is passing on Knox, he is definitely a rising prospect in the state of Michigan and continues to grow and improve as a player.

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