In dying need of a couple offensive tackles to round out their impressive 2014 recruiting haul, Willie Taggart and the South Florida Bulls picked up a huge commitment on Saturday night from former Florida Gators' commit and Deland (Fla.) offensive lineman, Ben Knox.
"It's close to home and its a good program," Knox said. "All of my family can come see my play as well. They (family) really like USF's program."
Knox originally committed to the Florida Gators last February, but reopened his recruitment in early September. After a very strong visit to Tampa Bay on the weekend of Dec. 13, Knox told USFNation.com that the visit was his best yet.
"It's student first, football player second, and a mentor is basically what they're pitching to me," Knox said after his USF visit. "Everyone has the facilities, the fan base, the good field, but some schools don't have the mentor or someone who's going to look after you. I know coach Taggart would watch over me and be a mentor if I went there."
After Charlie Strong departed Louisville for the University of Texas, many believed, including myself, Willie Taggart and the South Florida would be the drivers seat moving forward in Knox's recruitment.
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman was planning on announcing his decision on Jan. 30 for his mother's birthday, but felt there's no need to wait. The Deland product will play his college football at the University of South Florida.
Knox is ranked the 49th best offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and is a 3-star prospect.