FAYETTEVILLE – Despite a 1-4 record to start his first season as Arkansas’ head coach, Chad Morris continues to stock up on key commitments for the recruiting class of 2019. The Razorbacks added another huge commitment on Monday when Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star wide receiver Trey Knox announced his pledge to the Hogs.
Knox, 6-5, 215, made the call to Arkansas’ staff last Tuesday but waited until Monday afternoon to go public with his decision. He chose the Hogs over other finalists Tennessee and Florida while holding additional offers from Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and several others.
“Definitely the staff, it just feels like home to me. I went up there a couple of months ago and I just love the place, and I love the family vibe that they give me,” Knox said. “From Coach Stepp to Coach Morris to Coach Craddock, all three of those guys are telling me that that’s where I need to be.”
The big wide receiver is Arkansas’ 20th public commitment in this year’s recruiting class. He gives the Razorbacks four wide receiver commitments, joining two other four-stars in Treylon Burks of Warren (Ark.) and Shamar Nash of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, and borderline four-star TQ Jackson of Jefferson (Texas).
“Me and my man Shamar Nash, we played 7-on-7 together and that’s where I met him because he’s from Memphis, originally, and he moved to IMG,” Knox, who will enroll at Arkansas in December, said. “Me and Shamar are close, and I’m teammates with (Arkansas cornerback commit) Adonis Otey, so that helped a lot, too. Just having a connection when I go down there will make the experience even better.”
Knox is a longtime Arkansas target who was recruited to Fayetteville by wide receivers coach Justin Stepp, offensive coordinator Joe Craddock, and defensive coordinator John Chavis. The heavily recruited receiver made an unofficial trip to the Hill on Feb. 25 and returned for an official visit on June 8. Knox also took an unofficial visit at Florida on Sept. 8 and an official visit at Tennessee on Sept. 22.
As a junior last season, Knox caught 52 passes for 667 yards and five touchdowns. He has split time at wide receiver and quarterback so far this season for the 6-1 Blaze.
Knox is a four-star target, the No. 191 overall prospect, and the No. 29 wide receiver target in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The playmaking wide receiver told HawgSports that he won’t waste any time in helping the Razorbacks reel in more talent for this year’s class. His number one target is actually one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of Arkansas.
“I’m going after Hudson Henry immediately,” Knox said. “We’ve been talking ever since I committed.”
Henry, of course, is the No. 1 tight end prospect in the country at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock.
He’s also the younger brother of NFL tight end Hunter Henry and current Razorback linebacker Hayden Henry.
After taking a trip to Stanford this weekend, the youngest Henry plans to visit Fayetteville for another Arkansas home game later this month.