Cards top of the list for 4-star tackle

Deland, Fla., offensive lineman Ben Knox de-committed from the University of Florida less than a month ago. Knox, a four-star tackle, has been hearing from several schools and told Cardinal Authority he has a leader.

Deland, Fla., four-star offensive tackle Ben Knox has received a bunch of phone calls since he de-committed from Florida earlier this month.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Knox said he has a few schools who are showing the most interest and told Cardinal Authority he has a leader.

"Louisville is my number one," Knox said. "I really like the coaches and the program. I talk to them every chance I get to talk.

"I know they have a good school and program."

Knox, who is ranked as the No. 28 tackle nationally in the Scout.com rankings, said U of L, Auburn and Mississippi have been the schools showing the most interest. He said Ole Miss just offered on Sunday night.

"Those are the ones I talk to the most," Knox said.

But with one of those schools – U of L – Knox has a personal connection. His cousin, Brandon Heath, is a former Louisville player.

"I've talked to him about Louisville and he said it's a good school," Knox said. "Coach (Ron) Dugans and Charlie Strong said they need linemen and they said they would like to have me. I want to see it there."

Knox said he's hoping to take some visits, including one to U of L, before making any kind of decision.

On the field, Knox is playing both sides of the ball and is one of just five seniors on the team at Deland. The team is 0-4.

"It's tough right now," he said. "But my coach said I am playing good, so I am just going to keep trying to get better."


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