A week ago Rivals100 offensive lineman Demetrius Knox decided to re-open his recruitment and de-commit from the University of Texas. The decision sent a shockwave across the recruiting world and the effects have been felt in the Knox household.
"Everybody has hit me up," Knox said. "Basically when I come in from school I just have to cut my phone off and turn off all the electronics because it's really just crazy."
As crazy as it is, Knox is in no hurry to make another commitment and is keeping his options open.
"Really and truly I'm pretty much open to everyone right now, but I'm just happy I get the chance to sit back and watch everything," Knox said.
There was talk of a couple of favorites as news leaked out and one program that kept coming up was UCLA. While he stops short of naming the Bruins a leader it is easy to see his interest in the program.
"I wouldn't say at the top of my list but I've talked with the UCLA coaching staff and I'd have to say hands down they're probably the best overall coaching staff I've talked to…college football-wise I mean," Knox said. "Coach (Adrian) Klemm he's the coolest coach I've ever talked to."
Another program that has always been closely linked with Knox is Ohio State.
"I'm always going to be a Buckeye at heart," Knox said. "I've talked to Urban Meyer and he was real…it was crazy, I don't want to sound corny or anything but when we were up there watching them practice and stuff I was looking from a distance and I looked at Urban Meyer and I promise you from a distance it looked like that man was glowing."
While he is open, he does have a few schools that have caught his attention.
"If anything I'd probably say I have a top seven, and that would be UCLA, Oregon, Florida State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida," Knox said.
Knox also has an idea about when he would like to make his college decision.
"I'm basically thinking about trying to narrow it down and pick my school in January," Knox said. "I was actually going to see if I could talk to somebody and see if I could commit on national television at the Army game."
As for the Longhorns, it appears the two are headed in different directions.
"No, they're not in the mix at all," Knox said. "I talked to coach Mack Brown and he told me they loved me and if I changed my mind in the end I could always play for Texas. But I really got a chance to see everything about the program once I committed and it really wasn't for me."
This summer Knox has yet to set any firm plans but he hopes to visit UCLA, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Ole Miss, Florida State, and Ohio State again. He will also be attending the Rivals.com Five-Star Challenge in Chicago, and he is looking forward to the competition.
"As a football player I like to entertain the people but I just can't wait to show out and show everyone I deserve to be there," Knox said. "I'm one of the top players in the nation and I just can't wait to prove it again."
Recruiting is not the only thing on his mind though. The standout lineman is not about to look past his senior season, and he is already preparing to close out his career on a high note.
"Right now I have one ear on the recruiting deal and basically all of my other attention on working out and school and bonding with the team," Knox said. "We're trying to win another state championship ring."