Vols searching for O-line help, offer 3-star

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Tennessee's quest to add an offensive tackle to its 2014 class continues to take a tour through Florida.

Fresh off a South Florida official visit last weekend, Scout three-star Ben Knox got a phone call from Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney to inform him of his new offer from the Vols.

"Tennessee, that's a good offer to have," Knox told InsideTennessee.

While Tennessee entered the picture late for the one-time Florida commit and that could hamper its chances of landing him, Knox said he isn't brushing the Vols' offer to the side.

Mahoney informed Knox of the dire situation along the offensive line, explaining to the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder that the Vols lose all of its starters.

Knox lists early playing time as a key in his recruitment. Tennessee's situation obviously got his attention.

"I was asking (coach Mahoney) why he jumped on me so late and all, and he explained to me that he needs to find help fast along that O-line and said he needed me," Knox said. "I don't want to sit on the bench, that's for sure."

Knox admits having little knowledge of the Tennessee program. But his cousin, Vols tailback Marlin Lane, is trying his hardest to bring him up to speed.

"Once he found out they offered me, he called, yeah," Knox told IT. "He was telling me it's a good school and all of that and that I should check it out."

Mahoney and Lane seem to be on the same page, as the Vols' offensive line coach is trying to talk Knox into taking a visit.

"I'm thinking about taking my last visit up there," Knox said. "But I'm still trying to decide if it's worth it. Marlin will stay on me, though."

Knox would like to play college ball alongside his cousin, but said it won't be a deciding factor on where he pledges.

Knox has taken official visits to North Carolina State and South Florida and plans to drop by Kentucky and Louisville in January.

The Deland (Fla.) High School standout says he doesn't have a clear-cut leader, but South Florida, Louisville and Miami are currently sticking out.

Knox said he plans on giving the Vols a fair chance and is looking forward to building a relationship with Mahoney.

"I just don't know much about (Tennessee) right now," Knox told IT. "I know they struggled this season, but I also know they've been recruiting real well and stuff."

Knox plans on announcing his college decision on Jan. 30 – his mom's birthday.


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