"I liked the coaching staff a lot," Knox said. "I knew one of the coaches previously and he talked to me about it. I went on a visit and met the coaches and players and really liked everything – the facilities and the opportunity to compete in a really good Division I conference."
Regarding Wheeler, Knox said: "I like Coach Lantz a lot. I was hoping for a chance to get to play for him in college. I'm glad the opportunity was there."
Knox, who is from Old Hickory, Tenn., comes billed for his work behind the plate. "Last year, my batting average was around .250," he said. "My fielding percentage was around .980. My strongest points are defensively behind the plate and throwing the ball. And, I'd say my work ethic.
"I'm not somebody who will come in and hit a ton of home runs. But I bring a lot to the table and compete offensively. I do a really good job behind the plate and working with the pitching staff."
Knox (5-11, 211) said that Tennessee Tech and Vanderbilt had shown recent recruiting interest. "I had some smaller schools calling me, and Vanderbilt came to watch me play last week," he said.
Knox said he fared well during the fall baseball schedule at Northwest Shoals.
"I played well offensively and defensively," he said. "We've got a good pitching staff and they'll be a lot of fun to work with. We should win a lot of games."
ULM's list of confirmed baseball pledges includes Olney (Ill.) Central College shortstop Jeremy Sy, LSU-Eunice outfielder Les Aulds, Angelina (Texas) College left-hander Kendall Thamm, John A Logan College right-hander Cale Wine and Bossier Parish Community College pitcher/first baseman Randy Zeigler.