"I was thinking along the lines of after college," said Knox. "If the whole NFL thing didn't work out, I'd want to live in the state of Texas. I thought to myself, 'What kind of degree would look better in the eyes of those hiring me in the future if I stay here?'"
"The University of Texas just sounded better."
What made it even sweeter was the fact that teammate and best friend Daniel Gresham will be headed there with him. It was in August that Gresham secured the fourth pledge of Texas' 2014 class, a class that now holds six members.
"Daniel being committed was a factor in the situation, but at the same time, I had to go wherever best fit me, whichever school would better me in the future. It just happened to be UT, and Daniel just happened to be committed there," he laughed. "But it's cool to know we'll be playing together at the next level."
The two first visited The Forty Acres in the summer for camp. Knox then returned for the New Mexico game Sept. 8, and last weekend's Thanksgiving showdown with TCU.
And while he admitted the 20-13 loss, the 8-3 record, and the rumors circling possible changes within the program did cross his mind when making the decision, he noted, "You should never pick a college based on a coaching staff or a record, because in this day in age, coaches can up and leave at any point. Coaches can also come in and completely change a program. You got to pick a college best for you and your future; somewhere where you can make a home. That's what I did."
"We all talk a lot on Facebook, I'll call them up and just keep in touch. They're all great."
Knox has even grown close to a few current 'Horn commitments.
"In the summer, I flew out to Atlanta for a showcase. I got to meet Kent Perkins, Jake Raulerson, a lot of the guys going to Texas; and I connected with them. We keep in touch on Facebook and we text eachother. We talk about schools, football. I'm excited to know I'll be playing with those guys."
Knox said he plans to get back down to Austin at some point before the end of the year, but not exactly sure on a date.
In the meantime, he and his Fort Worth (Tx) All Saints (recently crowned Southwest Preparatory Conference Champions) will begin preparing for next season.
"I really want to work on my strength this offseason," said Knox, "because you can't ever be too strong."