Louisville gaining ground with Knox

Terrance Knox, a rising tight end prospect from Concord, N.C., slightly favors UNC over Louisville. But Charlie Strong's program is gaining ground on the Tar Heels after Knox's recent visit to Louisville.

Terrance Knox's stock is on the rise this spring, and the athletic 6-3, 235-pound tight end from Concord, N.C. holds offers from Louisville, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Knox, who caught 14 passes for 253 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, recently visited Louisville and came away impressed with Charlie Strong's program.

"I thought Louisville was a great college," Knox said. "I really, really like their coach. I think Coach Strong is top-notch. I really like their facilities and how they utilize the tight end. I had a great time while I was up there.

"We toured all the facilities, their stadium, their campus and business school. I liked that a lot because that's going to be my major. I saw their weight room and a couple players in there working out pretty hard. I really liked what I saw at Louisville."

Knox, who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.7-seconds, was impressed with Strong's honest approach.

"I had a one on one [meeting] with Coach Strong in his office. That was a very enlightening moment for me," Knox said. "He was being honest about life and being a college player and he was talking about how they can use me at tight end and the H-Back position. They say I have great ability and could make an enormous impact if I get on campus there."

Though North Carolina sits atop Knox's list – the Tar Heels were his dream school growing up – Louisville has made a major move in Knox's recruitment. Do the Cardinals have a chance to pull him away from the Tar Heels?

"They do have a chance," Knox said. "Coach Charlie Strong is a great coach and I was very moved by him. He's one of the best coaches I ever met. He has a very humble character and a strong tradition of respect. I'm really inspired by him."

"My home state has a little hold on me and a lot of people I talk to want me to go to UNC," added Knox. "I like UNC. That was my childhood favorite growing up. Louisville is gaining on me. I'm still leaning toward UNC right now a little bit. They're in the lead right now."

Besides being his childhood favorite, what else stands out about North Carolina?

"I've had the most chance to get to know their coaches," Knox said. "Most of their coaches have called me and I've established a relationship with them. I know many of their players and they hit me up on Facebook. I'm very comfortable with them and the coaches completely understand the different coaches trying to talk to me. They're not pushing me to commit to them. They want me to look at all my options, but I am leaning toward them."

Knox plans to visit NC State, Clemson, and Duke this month and plans to attend camp at UNC, N.C. State, and Tennessee. As for a college decision, Knox isn't planning to make one any time soon.

"I'm going to enjoy the recruiting process and take a couple of official visits," Knox said. "I don't really have any plans to commit right now. I'm trying to enjoy the recruiting process because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

What is Knox looking for in a school?

"The most important thing is getting a good degree. Does the college offer a good program for my degree? The second thing is the coaches. Do they have good coaches, and do they have a reputation for having good character? I'm also looking for a good team with good chemistry."

Photo: Independent Tribune

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