Richt happy about Knox's news

John Knox

ATHENS – It looks like Georgia is about to make minor history under Mark Richt.

Signee John Knox, a Statesboro native, learned Monday that he had passed his high school graduation tests, and he is enrolled at the university. He still is waiting for the green light from the NCAA Clearinghouse and did not practice with the Bulldogs on Monday afternoon.

"It's a very positive sign," Coach Mark Richt said. "Nothing is official until the Clearinghouse makes its decision, but I would say it looks very good right now."

If Knox is allowed into school, it will be the first time in Mark Richt's seven years that every signee has qualified in the year of his signing.

"If that does happen, I'll be excited," Richt said.

Richt wasn't ready to celebrate too hard because the team still had some close calls, he said.

"A lot of guys barely made it," he said.

Knox, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound safety from Statesboro High School, was a member of The Telegraph's Top 50 and rated the No. 18 safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com. He had 37 tackles, two interceptions, three blocked kicks and one sack as a senior.

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