Knox itching to prove himself

Jamere Knox was a sophomore linebacker-wide receiver on the junior varsity team at Wicomico High (Md.) when he was called up to the varsity squad and given a shot at running back. And a funny thing happened in his first game.


"I won the game for them," says Knox, who scored on a 98-yard kick return and an 83-yard run in his first varsity game. I've been nothing but a running back ever since."

And a very good one. The 5-11, 170-pound senior racked up 1,782 and 33 touchdowns as a senior, including one game during which he reached the endzone six times -- in the first quarter alone! Knox, who compares his style to Reggie Bush, runs a 4.38-second 40-yard dash.

He signed his letter of intent today along side his cousin, high school teammate and future college teammate Josh White. It was a day Knox couldn't have imagined a few years ago; he's only been playing football for four years.

"To tell the truth, I didn't think it would ever happen. I haven't been playing football long enough to think about a scholarship," Knox said.

Since he has not qualified yet and may have a bit of ground to cover in that area, it's not a guarantee that Knox will be playing for the Orange next season. But he's looking forward to getting to SU and showing off his blazing speed and Playstation-like moves as soon as possible.

"When I go up there I'm just going to do what I'm supposed to do. I don't want to be someone that everyone makes a big deal over and then not produce," he said. ""I just can't wait to get there. I want to establish myself as a good running back."

On one hand, Knox seems like the humble type.

"I'm just real calm and laid back," he said.

He doesn't lack personality either, stating that Carmelo Anthony was the reason he first considered Syracuse. But he also was impressed with the academic support program there, which he said will be vital in his success.

But on the other hand, he's aware of how much talent he has. Asked what his best high school performance was, he answered, "I had a lot of them."

Assuming he gets everything lined up off the field, he could have a lot more of them in the years to come.

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