Timberview (Tex.) all-purpose back Jalen Knox signed with Missouri in 2018 and played three years in Columbia, two for Barry Odom and one for Eli Drinkwitz. After a COVID-condensed 2020 season, Knox has decided to enter the transfer portal.
And he has now landed in Oxford, Miss. to play for the Rebels. The newest addition to the roster will not be eligible in the fall due to academics, but once he is cleared he will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Coming out of high school, Knox chose Missouri over notable offers from Baylor, Boise State, Duke, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oregon State, Utah, and Wisconsin. He was the 16th-ranked all-purpose back in the 2018 class.
As a Tiger, Knox totaled 77 receptions, 1,134 yards from scrimmage, and five total touchdowns. The numbers aren’t gaudy, but the SEC experience playing in the slot should bode well for Lane Kiffin and Jeff Lebby as they search for production to replace All-American Elijah Moore.
The Mansfield, Tex. native had a productive campaign in Drinkwitz’s first year, grabbing 31 receptions for 305 yards in just nine games. The 6-foot-0, 196-pounder routinely found space over the middle and was a headache for defenders in the openfield on pop passes, end arounds, and reverses.
But he’s not to be kept in a box as a shifty, inside receiver, he can go up top and get it, too.
Like Moore, he also appears to be able to make the tough catch in traffic look easy.
And he can get open against the best of the best, too.
To top it all off, he’s got some wheels, too.
This Drew Lock TD pass to Jalen Knox made the football fly as fast as a hockey puck. pic.twitter.com/5JTfSmtrEB— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) September 16, 2018
Again, it’s going to be difficult to replace what Moore did in 2020 on the way to a consensus All-America nod from just about everyone. But, Knox is someone who has plenty of experience in the Southeastern Conference and should be able to garner some targets once he is academically cleared to play.