Two-Track Mind

Milton Knox isn't really thinking about recruiting right now. The 5-foot-8, 196-pound four-star running back is focused on two things. One, leading his Birmingham Senior High (13-1) football team passed Carson (11-2) in the Los Angeles city title game on Friday night at the Coliseum. Two, his upcoming ACT test the next day.

If Milton Knox scores well on the ACT, it could result in a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. Irish assistant coach Brian Polian came by the school on Tuesday.

"They told me they have interest in me, and they're going to take one more back," Knox said. He has been a soft verbal to UCLA since June, saying head coach Karl Dorrell's recent dismissal had nothing to do with that. "They just said they need a test score and we'll talk about an offer from there.

"I'm taking the ACT anyways this week. I'm going to get the score, and from there, see about scheduling a visit for January."

Heading into the Carson game this weekend, Knox has rushed for 2,031 yards and 36 touchdowns. Besides Notre Dame and UCLA, he is also looking at Florida and Colorado "to name a few." Washington and Nevada also dropped by the school this week. All of those programs have offered.

Polian isn't the only one recruiting Knox. Irish commits Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald, from Birmingham's rival high Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks, have also been pumping up the program to Knox. The three of them have been friends going back to the Pop Warner days.

"They are trying to get me to go there now," Knox said. "They've been saying that a lot, trying to get me to go to South Bend."

Crist and McDonald have seen what Knox can do firsthand plenty of times. The latest, a 186-yard, three-score performance, in a 28-21 loss to Birmingham this year.

Knox has always been interested in Notre Dame, and with a verbal commitment to another school or not, he was going to try and take a visit.

"I was going to take a visit regardless, and see the facilities and what the campus has to offer," Knox said.

"The tradition and Charlie Weis and everybody there, you can't go wrong with it. And it's a great school. Notre Dame is at the top of the list."

Knox, who has a 3.1 GPA, said he is going to take his time and won't make a decision until signing day.


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