Knox says Georgia is his "Dream School"

STATESBORO – It has been a long time coming for Statesboro linebacker John Knox. The high school star committed to play for Georgia last week; fulfilling a life-long dream to play for Mark Richt's Bulldogs.

"I knew Georgia had to be my decision," said John Knox, who pulled the trigger along with teammate Justin Houston last week and announced that they were coming to Georgia. "I was really sold on Georgia's staff. I have not seen a better staff than Georgia's in a long time. They stay on the people they are looking at – they stayed in touch with us. I like the success they have had in the last couple of years."

Knox and Houston will join six other future Dawgs – Tanner Strickland, Conrad Obi, Rennie Curran, Trinton Sturdivant and Charles White – to make up Georgia's Class of 2007.

Knox is rated as a four-star prospect by, and is ranked as the 43rd best player in the South by the network. His teammate, Houston is currently a one-star recruit, but that will change as the year goes on and more time to evaluate players is given.

"We got the same offers, and the same amount of letters, and we have known each other since third grade," said Knox. "Since we were getting the same offers, and since we both liked Georgia growing up we decided that we might as well go to the same school. We have been together almost our entire life. We wanted to play together."

Statesboro is one of the better high school football programs in Georgia, and Knox says that getting his commitment to Georgia out of the way will help them focus on this fall and the season in store.

"It allows me to get my mind focused, and to get with my teammates and be successful. I wanted to get it out of the way to get ready for my senior season," Knox said.

Knox said he will likely play linebacker at Georgia in 2007. The Bulldogs will lose two linebackers – Tony Taylor and Jarvis Jackson – after this fall, while Danny Verdun-Wheeler and Brandon Miller will be juniors in the fall.

"Georgia has been my dream. I have liked them since I was a kid," Knox admitted. "When I go up there I will have accomplished my dream."

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