Demetrius Knox, who recently measured 6-foot-3.5 and 290 pounds at the Dallas NFTC Camp, was rated a four-star by Scout.com. He was not just the No. 5 offensive guard in the country, but was also the No. 1 overall offensive lineman in the state and the No. 4 overall offensive lineman in the entire Midlands region.
His decommitment leaves the Longhorns with 13 commits in the class and just one commitment — Jasper center Terrell Cuney — on the offensive line in a weak year for offensive linemen in the state of Texas. The Longhorns have grabbed a pretty nice trio of offensive guards in the past two classes in Curtis Riser, Darius James and Rami Hammad, so Knox's loss isn't devastating from a numbers standpoint at that position. Still, expect Texas to push forward with another guard offer, potentially to an in-stater just off the current radar.
But it could also leave the Longhorns one more player short in Knox's best friend, Fort Worth All Saints teammate and Texas commitment Daniel Gresham. The two have said all along that they're a package deal, meaning that it could just be a matter of time before Gresham pulls out of his commitment as well. Gresham is Scout.com's No. 2 fullback, though the 5-10, 236-pound back has expressed a desire to play running back at Texas.
Both Knox and Gresham went on a visit to Ohio State earlier this year, after committing to Texas.
And while Knox is the more talented of the two players, Gresham's loss might hurt more in that the Longhorns have needed to add to their running back stable with multiple runners in this year's class. The Longhorns only have one full-time running back who is a primary ball-carrier signed on for 2015, and that's Johnathan Gray, who will be a senior that year. Texas does have one other running back commitment for 2014 in Houston Eisenhower's Donald Catalon, and the Longhorns have offered several other ball-carriers, including a recent offer to Plano West standout Auston Anderson in the past week.