MVP Performance By Knox

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Being named to the Shrine Bowl is a huge accomplishment for any player residing in North or South Carolina.

One player that was passed over for the annual event was Myrtle Beach (SC) defensive end Tyler Knox and he made it clear that he wasn't too happy with the snub when he lined up for the South squad in the Palmetto State's North-South all-star game.

While his South team was beaten handily by the North 42-3, Knox himself had a huge game. He finished the contest with 10 tackles including seven solo stops while racking up three tackles for loss. Knox was extremely active and while somewhat undersized currently (6-4, 220 pounds), was cat quick at the snap of the ball and showed an impressive nose for the ball. After the game he talked about the factors that lead to his selection as the South's defensive MVP.

"I came in the game with a chip on my shoulder," said Knox. "I didn't make the Shrine Bowl so my coach always told me to come out here with a chip on my shoulder, play hard, go 100% and that's what I did. I made a statement that I'm still here and I should have made the Shrine Bowl.

"I came in as a defensive end and I played as an outside linebacker but it was a great experience and I loved this game."

During the game, Knox had the chance to line up against NC State commitment OL Eddie Gordon. They had a chance to meet for the first time during the week and the two hit it off.

"We spoke at the banquet and stuff, we talked a little bit and I met his folks. It was real good."

With better than a dozen offers on the table including pledges from Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, and Purdue among others, Knox surprised some when he committed to NC State back in October. While he admits that he continues to listen to what other schools have to say, Knox considers himself solidly in the Pack's corner.

"I'm still committed to NC State," said Knox. "It was a nice environment and when I went there, they showed me lots of love. It's close to home and I felt like if I needed to come home, I could come home.

"Right now I'm still looking at other schools- keeping my options open but NC State is still my number one."

As a junior, Knox racked up better than 50 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 114 defensive end in the nation by

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