One of the earliest commits in Missouri’s 2018 class, ATH Jalen Knox is now officially a Tiger after he signed his letter of intent on Wednesday morning, the first day of the early signing period.
Knox originally announced his commitment to Barry Odom’s program way back on June 1 and has hung with the program through an up and down (down and up?) 2017 season. The 5’11, 185-pound athlete from Arlington, Tex., is expected to start off as a lot receive once he makes his way to Columbia.
According to 247Sports, Knox is a three-star player and the 39th-best ATH in the country. Knox enjoyed a standout senior season, putting up the following numbers:
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Though he will begin his college career in the slot, Knox will likely be used in a variety of ways once he makes his way to campus. As the numbers above show, he did a little bit of everything for his high school team, while also serving as a dangerous return man.
If there is a way for Knox to shed his redshirt in year one, it is likely in that last role — return man — when he’ll have the best shot to see the field. Kickoff returner Larry Rountree and punt returner Richaud Floyd both had nice seasons in the return game, but with both players likely to see an increased offensive role in 2018, the Missouri coaches may be a bit more cautious with them next season.
As far as seeing meaningful offensive snaps, Knox is likely a year or two away from truly breaking into the Tigers’ rotation. Though Mizzou will lose top wide receiver J’Mon Moore to graduation, even other offensive starter returns, as does the majority of the team’s receiving corps.
That may well be a blessing in disguise Knox, however, as he can then ease his way into the college experience instead of being thrown into the fire on day one.