A week ago Mansfield (TX) Timberview Jalen Knox got a general mailing from the University of Wisconsin, a brochure telling him about the Badgers’ football program, its tradition, the campus life and the city life.
Turns out there was a reasoning behind that mailing for Knox, who now holds an offer from the Badgers.
“It was actually very surprising,” Knox told BadgerNation. “I wasn’t expecting to get an offer from them this soon because I got that first letter from them a week ago. It’s pretty amazing.”
One thing that stood out to the 6-0, 180-pound prospect in the initial mailing was Wisconsin winning the Cotton Bowl in nearby Arlington this past January. That topic was brought up by wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore, who spoke to Knox after extending the offer.
“He said he really liked my speed on film,” Knox said. “He feels I can bring that extra gear to the receiving group. He likes my versatility.”
Running a 10.8 100 meter dash and a 21.9 in the 200 meter, Knox gained roughly 1,000 all-purpose yards his junior season for Timberview, playing outside receiver, slot receiver, tailback and wildcat quarterback. He also played some defense at cornerback. Holding other Power-Five offers from Duke, Kansas, Missouri and Oregon State, Knox said most schools are recruiting him as a receiver.
“(Playing all those position) will help me after a better understanding when I go to the next level,” Knox said, saying he needs to improve his route running and his breaks. “I don’t want to be close minded to one position. I want to know what other people’s assignments are, what I need to do to help them and break down defenses.”
Saying Missouri, Oregon State and Wisconsin are the early schools sticking out to him, Knox said “for sure” he wants to visit Missouri this spring.