Knox to Visit UNC

North Carolina's recruitment of Alabama transfer Justin Knox is about to take a serious step forward as the 6-foot-9, 245-pounder will travel to Chapel Hill early next week for an official visit.

Knox, who averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season, received his official release from Alabama and will be eligible for one year at a new program next season after graduating in three years. Knox's uncle, Darien, is helping his nephew with the transfer process and he spoke with Inside Carolina on Thursday afternoon.

"We will be visiting North Carolina next week," Knox said. "I know that for a fact. The first of next week. Exactly what day I can't say right now, but it will be more than likely Monday or Tuesday, and we may stop by Georgia Tech on the way back. But we're definitely coming to officially visit North Carolina."

Knox has already visited Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Southern Miss and Georgia State.

His release from Alabama included a trio of stipulations that prohibited a move to an in-state school, a SEC opponent and any program on the Tide's schedule in 2010-11. The family appealed the decision on Thursday morning.

"It will be 48 hours before we know anything," Knox said. "So that's disappointing, but hey, we've got to keep it moving."

If the appeal is successful, UAB and Ole Miss will become options for Knox, but regardless of the verdict this weekend, the uncle and nephew will be making the trek to Chapel Hill early next week.

UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson has served as the program's primary contact with the Knox family.

"Coach Robinson has done a heck of a job keeping in contact and keeping us posted," Knox said. "Since we got the release from Alabama, they've been keeping in good contact with us."

Head coach Roy Williams also placed a phone call to the former Alabama post player on Wednesday.

"Coach Williams spoke with Justin last night and they had a great conversation," Knox said. "I think Justin expressed his strong desire to come up there and visit with Coach and the rest of his staff and to see what North Carolina is all about. You hear about it and you read about it, but there's nothing like being there on campus to get a feel for everything."

Stay tuned to Inside Carolina for more on this developing story.

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