Knox, a 6-foot-1, 231-pound tight end from Concord (N.C.), wasn't bothered by the lack of communication received from the new coaching staff, despite his early enrollment.
"I knew it was still a process coming from different schools, dealing with bowl games and trying to get to Carolina," Knox said. "I wasn't really worried. It's normal [with a coaching change]."
Easing any concerns Knox might have had was communication with the UNC support staff that helped him finalize the necessary paperwork for early enrollment.
Brewer's in-home visit with Knox lasted about an hour.
"We were just talking about the new offense that they're going to be putting in – the spread offense – and how the tight end is used," Knox said. "He talked about the new coaches and how they're going to build relationships with the kids and how they like the new scene at Carolina."
Brewer also discussed how Knox, who was a perfect fit for H-back in the previous regime's pro-style offense, would be used in the one-back spread offense Larry Fedora is bringing to UNC.
"Basically, they could either use me in the slot or H-back or the ‘Y' [tight end]," Knox said. "At first, I was kind of shaky [about playing in a spread offense]. But now, Coach Brewer cleared it up. It's going to be a fast paced offense. It should be pretty exciting. It's going to be a show on the field next year. I'm ready for it."
Brewer made a good first impression on Knox during his visit.
"He's a real straightforward guy," Knox said. "He seems like a good person and I built a pretty good relationship with him in a short period of time. He's a great people-person, he wants to get to know you, and he wants you to get to know him. He seems like a pretty good coach."
Knox will arrive on campus Saturday at 9 a.m. After moving into his suite, he will attend UNC's basketball game against Boston College. On Sunday, he'll formally meet the entire UNC coaching staff and finalize his class schedule. Knox, who is considering Business Administration or Business Marketing as majors, will begin the spring semester Monday morning and partake in his first football meeting Monday afternoon.
"I'm really excited to be able to go to North Carolina and get to school early," Knox said. "I'm ready to get up there and get working and earn some playing time on the field."
Football-wise, the biggest benefit to early enrollment is participating in spring practice. The practice fields are where Knox plans to make the biggest impression on UNC's coaching staff.
"I want to go out there and make a name for myself on and off the field," Knox said. "I want to have a reputation for working hard, having a good attitude, and being a leader. I want the coaches to see how hard I work and that I deserve to be there and deserve to be on the field."
For at least the spring semester, Knox said he will share a suite with fellow early enrollees Shakeel Rashad and Patton Robinette. Although he hasn't met either of them personally, Knox has spoken to both on the phone.
"I talked to [Robinette] around Christmas and he's excited about coming up here," Knox said. "He seems like a cool guy. I know he was going back-and-forth [about enrolling at UNC], which is natural because of the coaching situation and the NCAA [sanctions]."
Bryce Kennedy was supposed to also share the suite with Knox, Rashad, and Robinette, but switched his commitment to NC State roughly a week ago.
"The last time I talked to him was around Christmas too," Knox said. "He was going back-and-forth and told me he didn't know what he was going to do. I didn't think [switching to NC State] was going to happen, but that's how it goes down – the recruiting game is a business."