Ole Miss has had significant success on the defensive side of the ball for the 2018 class. New linebackers coach Jon Sumrall has been busy, getting acclimated to the SEC recruiting landscape and securing commitments and signatures for his first signing day in Oxford. Now, it looks as if he’s starting to get in on the action after he received a verbal pledge from three-star Luke Knox Tuesday night.
If that last name sounds familiar it’s because it has been ingrained in your mind that Longo Ball’s most formidable weapon at tight end, Dawson Knox, is Luke’s older brother. The Fort Knox tandem will be the most recent brothers to take the field together since we’ve been so privileged to have the Moore Twins grace the field.
In an interview with Ole Miss Spirit’s David Johnson, Knox said that the family atmosphere was what made the decision easy.
“Honestly, it was just the family aspect of Ole Miss,” Knox said Tuesday evening. Not only with my brother, but the coaching staff, as well. It’s just different down there.”
Luke also found out that he will receive a full scholarship instead of a grayshirt, which is what most expected.
“Coach just called me and told me the scholarship will be effective immediately,” Knox told the Ole Miss Spirit.
Knox, a three-star outside linebacker from Brentwood, Tenn. and younger brother of current Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox, verbally committed to the Rebs over offers from Air Force, Navy, and academic scholarships at Dartmouth, Duke, and Princeton. Take that, Ivy League posers. The outside linebacker from Brentwood Academy is an active thumper on defense and plays some tight end as well for the Eagles. Dual threat? We shall see.
The No. 129 outside linebacker in the country is the first commit for Coach Sumrall and is not a bad follow-up to Tuesday night’s disappointing news that Jayden McDonald will be signing with Iowa instead of the Rebels.
He is also the fourth Brentwood Academy star to make it to Oxford, joining his brother, offensive lineman Bryce Mathews, and All-World long snapper Jack Propst.
How does he fit in?
The 6’4, 210-pound athlete from the Volunteer State is a nice pickup for Ole Miss because of the versatility he brings to the table. He should be able to play the outside linebacker role and could also slide back into a strong safety role as well if need be. At 6’4, he has the height you want in an outside linebacker to defend the pass, and at 210-pounds he has the frame to stop the run on the interior.
Knox seems comfortable in the open field, covering tight ends and running backs, but he also can flash that 4.70 speed and cover a slot receiver if you need him to. He does a great job of scraping, finding the football and finishing tackles with emphasis and he even looks comfortable putting his hand in the dirt and coming off the edge. He certainly has the speed to make an impact either way.
Luke will have an opportunity to make an impact early when he gets to Oxford because of the immense need for linebacker help in Wesley McGriff’s defense. Look for Little Fort Knox to be on the field early and often in 2018, joining his brother in the red and blue.