Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt among top contenders for 2019 WR Trey Knox

Trey Knox

Trey Knox, a class of 2019 wide receiver, already is racking up offers from big-time Power Five programs, including six offers from SEC schools.

“I really like Tennessee, Louisville, Ohio State, Florida and Vanderbilt, which gives that close-to-home effect,” Knox told GN. “Those are my leaders right now.”

Knox (6 feet 4, 200 pounds), from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman, has received SEC offers from Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Vandy’s campus in Nashville is about 35 miles from the Blackman campus.

Knox’s size is a big selling point.

“Physicality is a big strength of mine,” Knox said. “I try to be physical with the defensive back and use my body to my advantage.

“Another strength of mine is my route-running. I’ve always tried to be known for my route-running. I’m not the fastest guy on the field, but I can get open with my cuts and my route-running techniques. My hands are also a strength because, obviously, you have to be able to catch the ball.”

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Knox has criteria in mind when looking for a college destination, but there is one ultimate goal at the top of his list.

“I obviously want to play as early as possible,” Knox said. “I want to find a school where I can develop and get put into the league because that is my ultimate goal, to make it to the league and have a great career.

“You also need some good academics because football is not going to last forever, so I need something to fall back on. So, I want a school with great academics, a great football program and great facilities so I can thrive.”

Last week, the NCAA Division I council voted to approve a December signing period to go along with the long-running February signing day. If it is approved by the Conference Commissioners Association in June, prospects would have the opportunity to sign in December and not have to wait until February.

“I do want to early enroll to get to wherever I’m going and learn the playbook and get ahead of all the freshmen that will come in the summer,” Knox said. “So, a December signing day would help and I’m for it.”

With six SEC offers already, is playing in the SEC important to Knox?

“I just want to go to a conference that has great football,” Knox said. “I want to go where there is a high level of football being played.”

Knox, who has visited Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State in the last month, will be in Knoxville for Tennessee’s spring game this weekend.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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