Knox Can See Himself in UM Defense

Muskegon (Mich.) defensive end Damon Knox saw two straight Michigan games in a row. Even though they were both losses, he still has a positive view of the Wolverines.

The Muskegon Big Reds begin their playoff run this Friday when they take on Forest Hills Northern and many of their stars have put recruiting on the backburner for this time of year.

Senior defensive end Damon Knox, knowing that some of their playoff games may end up on Saturdays, fit a few visits in the last couple of weeks, taking two visits to Michigan for the games against Iowa and Michigan State.

In both games, he was watching closely, as the Wolverines are one of his top schools.

"I like the defense," he said. "I can see myself playing in the defense. They have stuff to work on. There were a lot of penalties and turnovers [against Iowa], but I like what I saw from the offense."

Knox had camped in Ann Arbor, but seeing two straight big games in the Big House was different from his camp experience.

"The stadium was real loud," he recalled, "something new I never experienced before."

He also got to renew his relationship with the Michigan staff.

"I talked to the coaches last week when I came for Michigan State, so I didn't talk to them as much [at the Iowa game]. I talked to them before the game and they said I still have an offer on the table when I get my grades up, then just make a phone call and sign on the dotted line."

The Wolverines' conditional offer is part of an offer list that includes Michigan State, Illinois, Missouri and others.

"I'm going to visit Michigan State and check out them in a couple weeks and maybe Illinois," he said.

He also just took his ACT, confident that he will get the score he needs to qualify. He says academics have gone from a non-priority, to the most important factor in his recruitment.

"I want to make sure I'm taken care of academically and get the help that I know I need."

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