COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- One of the biggest players, literally, at the Texas Division II 7-on-7 state tournament on Thursday was one who wasn't playing: 6-4, 296-pound offensive tackle Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal).
While 7-on-7 is designed for skill-position players, Knox made the trek to Aggieland to support his teammates and watch them compete at the Penberthy Intramural Fields. The 2014 tackle holds offers from Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and he's approved for offers from Oklahoma and Texas, which will be extended in February.
Knox said on Thursday that while he doesn't know yet where he wants to go, he knows when and where he wants to announce -- at one of the All-American games. Knox said he has been invited to both the Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American game, but hasn't finalized which one he'll head to.
He sees that opportunity as a chance to soak in the hard work he has put into his career.
"I started playing football in second grade," Knox said. "You work all your life pretty much at something just as hard as you can. You might as well announce it to the world in a big way, what college you're going to go to."
Where will that destination be? Knox didn't say.
"I really don't have a 'top list' right now," he said. "Just trying to sit back and observe."
As for Texas A&M, Knox had plenty of good things to say.
"I love Texas A&M," Knox said. "It's a great college. It's the first college that offered me. I think I'll always have a special relationship with A&M, I love their coaching staff and I can't wait to see how they do in the SEC. That's going to be really good."
Lately, Knox said he has been hearing from Southern California, Oregon and Florida State.
Because he is originally from the state of Ohio, the topic of Ohio State comes up frequently. He said that he keeps in regular contact with the Buckeyes and talks to co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner about every two weeks.
Though he has the Ohio tie, he inferred that it doesn't automatically mean he's heading to Ohio State.
"I'm from Ohio," he said. "But once you're a Buckeye, you're always a Buckeye, no matter where you go."
He has been projected as a left tackle at the next level, but is open to play any position or either side of the line.
"Every school that I've talked to has said that they see me as a left tackle right now," he said. "Some people say guard. But it really doesn't matter to me. I prefer left tackle, but wherever they have an opening and I can get in as soon as possible, that's where I'm going."