11W Community Interview: Demetrius Knox

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 25, 2013 at 1:00p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

The subject of tonight's 11W Community Interview – our last until the 2013 Buckeye football season is over  – is Fort Worth (Texas) prep star and Ohio-native, Demetrius Knox. Demetrius is well known around these parts and he's been without question one of the most personable and enjoyable recruits we've had the pleasure of covering. When he decided in late July to end his recruitment, Knox turned to Eleven Warriors to help him deliver the news and today he returns to the site for the first time since to answer your questions.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Knox talks music, recruiting, and of course, his love for Eleven Warriors. Get to know Demetrius Knox, just a bit better than you did before.

How upsetting is it that you've been asked to lay low in the Eleven Warriors community out of concern for NCAA secondary violations?  Killer Nuts

DK: It's actually very upsetting, but if that's the rule that's the rule. I really don't know the difference between me going on a site and talking football, and me going on Twitter talking football, but it is what it is.

What is your favorite part of Eleven Warriors? - Mirror Lake Jump

DK: It's a tie, between the material and the writers. I'm on a lot of sites reading football material but 11W has the best in my opinion. Plus, it seems like all the writers are cool, that's why 11W was the first to know when I committed. I figured it was the least I could do because of how good everyone the site has been to me.

You've said that you've been an OSU fan for a long time, what are some of your favorite Buckeye moments?  TheBadOwl

DK: I'm a big Eddie George and Terrelle Pryor fan. Once Pryor became a Raider, I became a Raider fan. Basically their careers at Ohio State are just real cool to me. They both were really great players.

We know you want to be a leader in your class, so who are you recruiting to come play with you?  TDizzle

Baller. Status.Demetrius Knox decided to head home to Ohio.

DK: Everyone in our class is a leader, and we've all been working hard to bring in other great players, but honestly now that individual seasons have started, and school has started, it becomes harder for us to really reach out to people, at least for me. My schedule is so packed and I'm just focused right now on winning state championship again this year.

It seems all the best offensive lines are able to form this perfect pocket and seem to move together on a string. Could you describe the process of an offensive line gels, and what your role is in that as a guard?  GameTime

DK: It takes a while for an offensive line to really get a feel for each other and to know how the people next you play, to trust their game. Once you get reps with the rest of the guys on the line, things can get really special in a hurry though. For example, I play tackle for my high school and me and my guard can communicate and call out blitzes and if we're going to kick or push left or right without even saying a word. Some times all that can be said with a point. That's the type of relationship the offensive line at my school has. We're all seniors so we've been together a while that's a major part of that. As far as my role will be playing guard, I just have to know the plays inside and out and build a great trust, develop a relationship with the other guys.

Meechy, you commented being torn between your head and your heart before you committed to tOSU, what was it that helped you follow your heart and become a buckeye in the end?  2002OSUBuck

DK: It was really hard for me. I can't even describe how tough it was. But as everyone knows, Ohio State has been my dream team to play for since second grade. I have a lot of family there and that's where I felt like I would have the best support base. Like I said when I committed, I can always vacation to the beach.

How important we're academics in your decision process, and what field do you plan on studying at Ohio State?  Alpo

DK: They were very important. I mean just looking at my top schools of Ohio State, UCLA, and Miami. All top academic schools that also have excellent football programs. I go to one of the toughest private schools in Texas; academics is a must.

What is the most embarrassing song that you secretly like?  Biggy84

DK: (Laughs) I can't really think of one off top of my head right now. The things I listen to and the shows I watch, really aren't what you think a typical offensive lineman might watch; I mean my favorite show is Vampire Diaries if that helps (laughs).

Are you interested in enrolling early or would you rather have your last semester of high school to enjoy and soak it all in before work starts in the summer?  Buckeye06

KB: My school doesn't allow for players to enroll in college early, but even if I could, I don't think I would. I know there's a lot of value to people who decide to do that, but it's not for me. This is my senior year in high school, it's suppose to be my best year of my life, why cut it short? There's a lot of friends you lose when you go to college and I want to make sure I spend as much time as possible with the people important to me.

Compare life in the summer, running from camp to camp, to the season. How much did you enjoy the process of your college decision?  GoBucks96

I mean, my favorite show is vampire diaries...

DK: I love to travel so at the beginning of the summer the camps were really fun. After a while I just got tired of all the traveling even though it was free. Summer months means I have so much free time compared to now that school has started up. My schedule is packed, but I love it, I like being busy. I get to have one last year with all my friends and suit up on Friday nights to go and win another ring this year, so that's the focus. I'm glad I don't need to worry about recruiting or any of that stuff that's about me, it's about my team and my friends and family now.

What do you feel you need to improve on as a lineman and what did the staff at The Opening teach you that was something new that you can implement into your game this season?  Sin City Buckeye

DK: The thing people don't know is that when you go to all these camps, most of the players aren't using their own techniques. We use the ones we learn that day and we have to apply it on the fly, which can be difficult. I'd say I need to work on my run blocking the most because I feel like its going to be a big jump trying to block 320-pound defensive tackles in college. But I'm hyped up and I'm excited about suiting up in that uniform next year because it's the challenge that makes it worthwhile.

I just want to let everyone know that the reason I'm a little quite now is because during the season, it's a team rule that we can't tweet. I might favorite a tweet if you tweet me but that's about it. Once our seasons over in November and we have another state title, I'll be able to have a lot more free time. I hope Buckeye Nation knows that I'm going to give it all I got when I get there. I'm really thankful and blessed that I'm going to be apart of the program. Go Bucks!

Follow the "Dream 14" on Twitter and check out their webpage. 2014Bucks.com.



gumtape's picture

Ah hell yeah. Happy to have somebody lock down one of our guard spots for 3 or 4 years.

High and tight boo boo

Charlene's picture

Demetrius seems to be the model "student athlete" that you would be very proud of as a son. It is refreshing getting so many "non-prima donnas that are humble, polite, team first and willing to earn their hype when they get on the field. 

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Meechy!

Poison nuts's picture

I'm upset that this is the last of these for a while, but I'm I'm also happy this will be the last of these for a while because, football! Anyway, thanks Mr. Knox, have a great  final season & Go Bucks!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

How upsetting is it that you've been asked to lay low in the Eleven Warriors community out of concern for NCAA secondary violations

He was? When?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Following his commitment, the 11W staff was in contact with tOSU folks, and they were informed that it would be best (in terms of compliance issues) if Meechy were to lay low. We all miss having Meechy commenting on the site, though.

ATXbucknut's picture

Meechy should register covertly on 11W. If any of you see a new user registered as 'Suirtemed Xonk', just play it cool. 

GoBucksOSU's picture

Awhile ago when the 11W staff warned him of possible secondary violations now that he is committed. On the bright side, he can return to commenting when he signs his letter of intent.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Kid just seems wise beyond his years. Loved his answer about enrolling early; always has a big picture in mind it seems.

cinserious's picture

I hope you do enjoy the 'best year of your life' Meechy.  Just remember, the best 'moment in your life' might be the first National Championship you win at Ohio State!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

+1 HS
southernstatesbuckeye's picture

...and quite possibly the second in a row!

Not a Cereal Downvoter.  But I will downvote the Serial Trolls who lurk under our bridge.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Thanks for the great interview. Really excited to have such a huge Buckeye fan join the family.

pjtobin's picture

Good luck this year Meechy. I sure hope you get that second ring! You are very wise to know that you will "lose" friends once you begin your journey. I wish you the best of luck. Enjoy every precious moment. It is over in a blink. Take care.  We will ttyl. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

biggy84's picture

Great answers from an articulate young man. Very proud that he will be wearing the scarlet and gray. Go Bucks!

Buckeyeneer's picture

My school doesn't allow for players to enroll in college early, but even if I could, I don't think I would. I know there's a lot of value to people who decide to do that, but it's not for me. This is my senior year in high school, it's suppose to be my best year of my life, why cut it short? There's a lot of friends you lose when you go to college and I want to make sure I spend as much time as possible with the people important to me.

Best answer on here. I know we as fans love it when players come early, but you have the rest of your life move into the real world or rather in Meechy's case the world of an elite college athlete. Enjoy that time with your family and friends. It's special and you don't get it back!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

oh_dad55's picture

It's especially true that you'll be leaving a lot of high school friends behind when you move all the way from Texas to Ohio.  Sure you can text and skype, but that's nothing compared to hanging out at a friends house.  Hopefully he'll bond with his new team mates and coaches and renew his Ohio family ties when he gets here.  Let's help him feel at home by rocking the stadium in 2014.


Buckeye1996's picture

Great interview. Meechy gave some very thoughtful answers. I am impressed with him as an individual, and as a football player. Welcome to the buckeye family!

southernstatesbuckeye's picture


Not a Cereal Downvoter.  But I will downvote the Serial Trolls who lurk under our bridge.

RBuck's picture

Cool bow tie. Now Meech, just replace the blue with red.

Long live the southend.

2002osubuck's picture

Nice, second Meechy interview and another question answered. Theres a reason this site's the best, it's things like this fan interactive interview others don't have and a plethora of information and great writing, like Meechy said. Glad to hear he's comfortable and has a great support group with family still in state. That's a huge unknown that can affect even the most talented players when they get on campus. Keep working hard and enjoy your senior year Meechy. Can't wait to see you in the S&G!

InHartWeTrust's picture

Gotta love this kid.  Can't wait til he gets here, wish him the best in his senior season.

ToTheHouse's picture

Absolutely "LOVE-IT"...KBONAY...Coach Urb needs to have 2 Trophy's made like this...one for the college-trophy-case, and one for the next King of P's...Meechy, better make a move for a new Building to put them in b.t.w.  

To the NC House...Repeat gonna be Sah-weet!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great interview.  All signs point to this young man having the potential to be very successful in life.  As others have noted, in addition to achieving excellence on the field, the focus on academics and what appears to be a humble demeanor and a great sense of humor is really impressive.  Knock on wood that he continues to make good decisions, hits the books and stays injury free.  Have a super senior year Demetrius and welcome to Buckeye Nation!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

DannyBeane's picture

I wonder if he loves to eat at Ihop because I hear they have all you can eat PANCAKES!

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Absolutely love this attitude out of any player, but especially an O-lineman. No nonsense, do your own job, team first attitude. Although I can't wait to get this class in Scarlet and Gray, lets not rush what this year has in store for the Buckeyes. Congrats and have a healthy senior year, Meechy. 

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

buckguyfan1's picture

This SOB will be able to eat some serious Biscuits and wolverine Gravy!  What a great kid!

Crimson's picture

This man is going to make some pancakes!

BuckeyePoetLaureate's picture

He seems like a great young man who will succeed in anything he does in life.  (Here's hoping he gets at least a couple National Championships while he's in Columbus.)
Further, here's hoping that his career will warrant me immortalizing his efforts in a poem.  (I'm sure it will work out that way.)

Proud alumnus of the Ohio State Creative Writing MFA Program.  Creator of the writing craft site Great Writers Steal.

Kevbo714's picture

I love being a Buckeye, and every answer he gave solidified that feeling...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

LABuckeye's picture

I don't follow recruiting much. I just always hope that my school recruits kids that are both good people and good athletes. He sounds like both, so I'm looking forward to his time here...

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Class act!  Best of luck during your final year in high school Meechy.  We all look forward to you arriving in Columbus to play for the Buckeyes!  We also can't wait for the time when you are allowed to post on 11W again, but like you said the rules are what the rules are so we understand you've got to lay off for the time being.  Again, congrats and best of luck!!
Go Bucks!!

Buckabroad's picture

I have said it before, Meechy is my favorite OL player out of a great batch of them in 2014. He is vicious on the field and a great student of the game. Intellectually, he is bright and nimble (as evidenced by his brave and tenacious stand against less objective, more abrasive TTUN fans a while ago). We should be extremely grateful to have such a fantastic young man and player in our ranks come 2014. I wish Demetrius great success in pursuit of a NL with us!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."