August 6, 2006
Tide lands big man
Central High School standout Justin Knox was one of the fastest rising big men in the country after his strong AAU performance with the Birmingham Raptors. In fact Knox, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, had amassed over 10 offers since April but the Tuscaloosa native decided to end his recruitment Sunday night with a commitment to the hometown Crimson Tide.
"I told Coach (Philip) Pearson tonight that I wanted to play for Alabama. I told him I was committing because Alabama was the best opportunity for me and my family. I took everything in consideration like academics, my family being able to see me play and how strong the Alabama program is. It was the perfect fit for me," Knox said. "Coach Pearson was happy and he was a big reason I chose Alabama. He recruited me hard and made sure I knew exactly where I stood with the staff. I wasn't able to talk to Coach (Mark) Gottfried yet because he's in Hawaii but I will tomorrow.
"I grew up an Alabama fan and I always wanted to play for them. That played a factor but not as big as others might think. But when I looked at it from every angle Alabama was the choice. I had some good offers but none were better than Alabama's."
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