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Kentucky in a dead heat with Duke, others for Kevin Knox

Kentucky is still right in the middle of the battle for Kevin Knox.

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While most of the players in the 2017 class have already committed to their respective schools, there are a few top-tier recruits still out there. One of those is 5-star small forward Kevin Knox, who has four schools fighting for him, and not one has given up any ground.

It’s Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and Kentucky fighting for Knox, and while many thought Duke was in the lead, all four schools seem to be even as his recruitment continues on without a decision.

“All four of my schools I am watching every game and with how they use guys at my spot on the floor,” Knox said, according to’s Corey Evans. “I am just going to wait until after the season to make a decision, around late February or early March.”

Evans adds that it appears Kentucky is in a dead heat with Duke, Florida State, and North Carolina’s services.

After Jarred Vanderbilt committed to Kentucky, many recruiting experts assumed Knox would be headed elsewhere, but Knox has since refuted that. His decision isn’t based on Vanderbilt’s at all, and he’s even talked to John Calipari about how he could still get his time on the floor in Lexington.

“Me and Coach Cal talked about me and Jarred. We don’t play alike and we talked about how we could make it all work,” Knox said.

As for Duke and North Carolina, he’s already made an official visit to Duke, and has visited North Carolina as well.

“It was great to go out there and see what they’re doing,” Knox said about the trip to both schools. “The first time down there I wasn’t looking at my recruitment as much but it was a good experience for me.”

Meanwhile, Florida State is the local school, as Knox is from Tampa, FL. He’s played with current Florida State freshman Jon Isaac, so there’d be some chemistry between the two.

Three blue-blood programs, as well as the hometown school, are dead even for Knox. He’s scheduled to take official visits to Florida State (Jan. 7), Kentucky (Jan. 28) and North Carolina (Feb. 4), before making his decision in February or March.

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