Knox Talks About Being A Spartan

As reported on Monday, Damon Knox gave his verbal pledge to Michigan State. Knox spoke with Spartan Digest about the decision to end his recruiting and be green.

For Damon Knox the time had come to end all the recruiting talk and make his college decision. Holding offers from Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Michigan, and Western Michigan, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end found Michigan State to be the best fit.

"I was ready to do it," Knox told Spartan Digest. "I felt I made the right decision. I love the program and the coaching staff and hopefully I fit in their program somewhere."

Listed as a defensive end by, Knox knows his future will depend upon his growth.

"Right now it will all depend upon how much weight I gain or lose. If I gain I'll be playing defensive tackle, if I lose I'll stay at end."

One of the reasons the Spartans won out over the others was defensive line coach Ted Gill.

"Coach Gill is a real good guy. He came to one of my games and has visited with me. If he did not come, I saw Coach Tressel. I got a chance to work with Coach Gill at the MSU summer camp, so I have a feeling about how he coaches. I think he's a good guy and I feel I'll become a great player learning under him."

As for the educational part of the process, Damon is still undecided.

"I've thought about Criminal Justice, however, now I'm thinking about broadcasting. I know getting my degree is important in case I do not get a chance to play professional football."

While Damon could opt to take other official visits, he has only plans to take the one set up for the Spartans.

"I'll be taking my official visit January 14-16. I am done and plan to take no more visits. I'm totally committed to Michigan State."

Spartan fans have wondered if the team's success this season is paying off in recruiting. For Damon, there were more things to consider.

"It was not anything that really changed my mind. Winning had a little bit to do with it, but it was not that big of a deal to me."

While the chance to go away from home was tempting, Damon found East Lansing to have what he was looking for.

"I would have gone out of state. I did not really want to be too close to home, however, I feel this is the right place for me and do not see myself being home too often even though I'll be close to home."

On the field, the Muskegon native knows there is work to be done.

"Right now my strength as a player is I'm a quick learner. Things come fast for me and I know I can be a lot better. I do need to work on my pass rush and little things like using my hands. I know I'll learn that at Michigan State and cannot wait to be coached."

With football season over, Damon is not taking any breaks and has plans to stay busy.

"Right now I'm playing basketball and plan on doing some power lifting in a few months. I might also do some field events like shot and discus in the spring."

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