USF Visit the Best so Far for Knox

Former Florida Gator commit Ben Knox recaps his official visit to South Florida over the weekend. Where do the Bulls stand following his time spent in Tampa Bay?

After de-committing from the Florida Gators in early September, Deland (Fla.) offensive lineman Ben Knox has took an official visit to North Carolina State in November, and took a recent trip to nearby South Florida this weekend to check out what the Bulls have to offer.

"The visit was pretty good," Knox said. "I was waiting to get there to see how it was. I told the coaches it was the best visit I've took so far. It's in the state of Florida so I enjoyed going to the beach and stuff. We went to go play laser tag, Columbia the restaurant, and a bunch of other stuff as well.

"Stu holt is the one recruiting me. It's student first, football player second, and a mentor is basically what they're pitching to me. Everyone has the facilities, the fan base, the good field, but some schools don't have the mentor or someone who's going to look after you. I know coach Taggart would watch over me and be a mentor if I went there."

When Knox and his family sit down to make his college decision, the factors that will lead the 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman to his decision are some of the same things South Florida assured him of over the weekend.

"What Taggart is offering is what I'm looking for in a school," Knox said. "Also if I could play with the guys and if I fit with them. Everyone has academics, but not everyone has mentors because they will always be looking out for you."

With two January visits to Kentucky and Louisville still to go, Knox plans to announce his future destination on a very special day.

"I plan on making my decision on Jan. 30 for my mom's birthday."

With South Florida being the only instate school under serious consideration, where do the Bulls stand going forward with Knox?

"They're (USF) in a good place," Knox said. "I enjoyed my visit and they've got everything I'm looking for in a program. South Florida is looking pretty good."

Knox states that he has no leader in his recruitment.

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