Just when everything seemed to be going right for Texas recruiting, it's being reported that 4-star offensive guard Demetrius Knox has decommitted from the Longhorns. This could end up being great news for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but more on that in a moment.
ESPN HornsNation reports the decommitment via Twitter, citing Max Olson of ESPN:
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Fort Worth All Saints OL Demetrius Knox has decommitted from Texas, according to @max_olson. Story and analysis coming. #longhorns2013-4-22 16:20:02
Here's an excerpt from Olson's report via HornsNation:
The Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints offensive guard had been committed to Texas since November but took unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Ohio State this spring. All Saints teammate and Texas commit Daniel Greshamconfirmed Knox’s decision.
The news of Knox’s decommitment is hardly a surprise considering how his recruitment has played out since that Nov. 26 pledge. Though Knox considered himself one of the leaders of the Longhorns’ 2014 class, the Columbus, Ohio, native had expressed interest in taking visits to out-of-state schools on multiple occasions this spring.
Moving forward, Ohio State should be considered the most intriguing player in the newly restarted race for Knox, and the Buckeyes have more than just that unofficial visit going in their favor.
Knox is native of Columbus, Ohio, though he currently resides in Texas, so head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes would be able to play off that connection in regard to his recruitment.
Meyer can offer him the chance to be the "hometown hero," and he could be a part of an elite program with national championship aspirations. Say what you will about the history of Texas football, but that's something Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown just could not offer right now.
Ohio State's championship dreams are in the here and now, and as it stands Knox could join a class that already features two good linemen recruits in 3-star guard Marcelys Jones and 4-star tackle Kyle Trout. Meyer went out last cycle and brought home the No. 2 overall class (247Sports Composite) as well, so the future of the program is just as bright as the present.
The Buckeyes' offense will eventually feature running backs like 2013 4-star all-purpose backs Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson, and it's going to be interesting to see how 2013 4-star dual-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett and 4-star wideout Jalin Marshall eventually thrive in Meyer's offensive scheme. For a big-time lineman recruit like Knox, the potential to block for all of that talent has to be intriguing.
We know that Coach Meyer is considered a great closer on the recruiting trail, and now he has a chance to land the No. 4 guard in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite. It's not a stretch to suggest that Ohio State is most likely gearing up to put on the full-court press for Knox at this point.
I wouldn't go as far to say that OSU is the favorite for Knox until we hear him say something of the like. Olson's report did state that TCU, Alabama and UCLA were receiving interest from Knox before his commitment to Texas, and there's also the Oklahoma visit to keep in mind.
Knox's recruitment is now at the point where it can go any which way, but personally, I like Ohio State's chances to land the now former Texas commitment.