Knox receives midnight visit from Florida

Last weekend was the first time that high schools in the state of Florida could put on the pads for spring practice.

At midnight on Friday night, Deland (Fla.) High offensive lineman Benjamin Knox and his teammates got off to an early start and one of Florida’s coaches was on hand to watch.

“Coach (Tim) Davis was out at our midnight practice on Friday night,” Knox said. “He just came to watch practice and he was asking my coach how I was doing and stuff. He told my coach some things that I could improve on like my feet work and getting my feet into the ground. It’s good for him to tell my coach that.”

The 6-foot-6, 259-pound Knox called Davis later to get some feedback on practice a request for Knox to come back up to the Florida campus soon.

Over the last few weeks, Knox has visited South Florida a few times, but Knox says that Florida has nothing to worry about.

“Florida has always been my number one school,” Knox said. “People blew the South Florida stuff out of proportion saying I was going to decommit and stuff. I called coach (Will) Muschamp and told him about me visiting them and he said he was OK with it as long as he had nothing to worry about. I assured him he had nothing to worry about.”

Even though Knox is committed, he still has plenty of teams recruiting him and trying to get him to visit their schools.

“Georgia Tech and USF have both came by recently,” Knox said. “Alabama has been contacting me and talking to me about possibly visiting them too. Right now I’m just focused on my team and I’ll take some official visits this fall with Florida being my last. I also plan to visit Florida this summer for a camp with coach Davis.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.