When the news that Fort Worth All Saints offensive lineman Demetrius Knox had decommitted from Texas broke on Monday morning, one of the biggest immediate implications of the decision regarded how it would impact the package deal of Knox and close friend and teammate Daniel Gresham, who is currently committed to Texas.
In the immediate aftermath of Knox's move to open up his recruitment, Gresham told ESPN's Horns Nation that he's still a Longhorn:
Daniel Gresham tells me he has not decommitted from Texas despite Knox's decision. "With all due respect, I'm my own person."— Max Olson (@max_olson) April 22, 2013
Of course, any such statement in recruiting about a commitment status comes with the caveat "for now."
Gresham's commitment status was in question several weeks ago when he decided to trip with Knox to see Ohio State, a decision that he later said he regretted and had discussed with the Texas coaching staff. He had also traveled to Ole Miss with teammates around the time that Knox visited Oklahoma, though that trip occurred before the new no-visit policy was instituted on National Signing Day back in February.
The difference between Knox and Gresham has been that Gresham has seemed more amenable to the policy, while Knox spoke out against it at the time that it was put into place.
The running back/fullback prospect is also the more mild-mannered of the two, low key where Knox can be boisterous and outspoken.
But since Knox and Texas may have parted ways for good, the longtime plans for the two friends to go to school together could be in serious jeopardy, if not an outright thing of the past.
The 'Horns were the first offer for Gresham back in August of 2012 when he committed, but since then his recruitment has picked up substantially with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Miami, and Ohio State all standing out as schools that have offered both All Saints products, with the latter four currently ranking high on Knox's list.
If Gresham does change his mind and decide to open up his recruitment, Texas could make a move on another bigger back in Texas City prospect D'Onte Foreman, who holds the key to his brother Armanti's recruitment and currently holds only a single offer from Illinois.