MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee fans aren’t pleased with the coaching staff in Knoxville after the Vols’ 8-4 season, however, in-state recruit Trey Knox points to those men as the reason he’s interested in the Volunteers.
“That would have to be coaching; I like the coaching staff,” Knox told InsideTennessee. “Coach (Butch) Jones is a good coach. (Tennessee wide receivers) coach (Zach) Azzanni, that’s my dude.”
It’s going to take considerable effort by the Vols staff to get Knox to pick them over a Southeastern Conference rival.
Florida is the program the Blackman (Tenn.) High School pass catcher hears from the most.
“Because it was my first offer it means a lot, but they really love me down there and I feel the same way about them, too,” Knox said of the Gators.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder listed Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee as programs he hears from often aside from the Gators.
Knox isn’t ready to say he’s signed, sealed and delivered to Gainesville.
“At the end of the day I just want to play football,” he said. “If no redshirt, if I get to play, graduate early, go start, that’s where I want to be.”
Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Jauan Jennings played quarterback at Blackman. Jennings and Knox have a relationship.
“We’re close; we talk a bunch,” Knox said. “He’s doing big things at Tennessee.”
The sophomore pass catcher touched on how he improved while competing in one of the toughest districts in the Volunteer State in the Murfreesboro area.
“Just playing against good competition got my play elevated, and I figured out how to sit down in zones and just get open and do what I do best,” Knox said.
“I work on (route-running). It’s a craft, it’s an art. I have to get open in zones, and I take it very seriously.”
The Blaze reached the TSSAA Class 6A state quarterfinals before losing 48-28 to Maryville. Knox had seven catches for 78 yards before having to leave with a head injury.
Knox believes the 2017 Blackman team can go deeper into the playoffs.
“We had a bunch of underclassmen that started at major positions,” Knox said. “All I can say is the future is bright for this team and next year we’ll come out and dominate.”