Knox: "They Need Help Up Front"

Deland (FL) offensive lineman Ben Knox recaps his official visit to NC State.

Deland (FL) offensive lineman Ben Knox will officially visit Auburn on December 2nd and plans to make trips to Ole Miss and Louisville in January. However, it was NC State that landed his first official visit this past weekend and he gave Pack Pride his thoughts about the Wolfpack football program.

"They had some nice facilities," said Knox. "It was a nice school, they just need some help up front. Coach Doeren told me that they really need some players that can help them up front. He was just telling me that was why they were recruiting me because he thought I was a heck of a player."

Education is something Knox is playing close attention to on his visits and he came away impressed with what NC State had to offer.

"The thing I liked about the school was everything was close. They have all the resources there to help you stay focused on class. I really liked the Hunt Library. It was amazing. I'm planning on majoring in Sports Management."

Knox was originally committed to Florida but decommitted after going an extended period of time without hearing from the Gators. Now with a clean recruiting slate, Knox plans to see as many schools as possible before arriving at a final decision and he knows what he'll be looking for along the way.

"I'm still planning to take my visits. Some of the stuff I'm looking for are getting a good education and good coaching staff. I'm also looking at the conference and playing time. I don't have to have early playing time but I don't want to sit on the bench for three or four years."

Knox has been fairly consistent in listing Louisville as the team to beat. Is that still the case after his trip to Raleigh?

"I still like Louisville a lot. I'm just waiting to go up there and see the pros and cons and then I'm going to sit down with my coach after I visit my top schools and then weight the pros and cons out and figure out which one I'm going to go to. My last visit is at the end of January so I'll probably make my decision around the first or second of February."

So where does that leave NC State?

"State's going to be there until the end. They have an amazing program. They're in the ACC and they have a strong fan base. They're just struggling right now and they're in a rebuilding stage. But when you bring in guys that are willing to play, we come in and play like we're supposed to you can win games and I think I would have a chance of doing that."

Knox is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 49 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.  

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