Lineman Greg Knox of Peabody on his recruitment, paving way for running game for Warhorses

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

Standing at an imposing 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, there is no doubt at who is paving the way for Peabody football's running game.

Greg Knox continues to be a rock at right tackle for the Warhorses as they try to dig out of an early season hole with two weeks remaining until district play.

“He’s an awesome offensive tackle,” Warhorses coach Marvin Hall said after Friday night's 55-20 loss to Alexandria Senior High. “He’s worked extremely hard this summer and has worked extremely hard since he’s been here. I’m really proud of him.”

Knox shot up numerous recruiting boards during the summer thanks to impressive showings at numerous camps. Most of his offers have come from FCS schools such as Grambling, Northwestern State and McNeese State, while Southern and Ole Miss are the latest to show interest.

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During a camp with the Rebels in June, Knox tweeted that he had a good time visiting them as he continues to relish his conversations with recruiters from interested schools.

“They get to see more of me playing,” Knox said. “More and more coaches are hitting me up and getting to see what I can do.”

Peabody's Greg Knox (79) blocks ASH's Dashawn Cooper (48) in a game played Friday at Butch Stoker Memorial Stadium.

One of the things he is doing well this season is creating holes for senior running back Arthur Lavalais, who has rushed for 618 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

“He’s amazing and the whole offensive line makes it easier,” Lavalais said. “Greg’s gonna make a hole. All of them will at the end of the day. We’re a tight group and we play for each other. So, I know they got me and I got them.”

Against Alexandria Senior High, Knox was pitted against another top Central Louisiana recruit in J’mari Monette, who he grew up with and faced against before their high school days.

After the game, Monette had nothing but respect for Knox as they added another chapter to their history.

“Iron sharpens iron,” Monette said. “Every play is going to be a battle and I just went out there and competed with him. He had a good game. Growing up, he always had a hard work ethic and always wanted to go get it. We made each other better and it was just a chain reaction.”

Peabody offensive lineman Greg Knox (center) blocks a teammate Wednesday during practice.

Despite starting 0-4, Knox and the Warhorses remain optimistic that they can turn things around once District 3-4A play hits.

“We have to learn how to overcome adversity and play through it,” Knox said. “My teammates and I have been gaining more chemistry throughout the season and the next few games, we’ll be good.”