"I felt like I did much better than before," Milton Knox said. He is currently a soft-verbal commit to hometown-school UCLA, and reports a 3.1 GPA. "Plus I took my time more, and I also I got a chance to study for it. My SAT, I studied for it, but I didn't study as hard. This time I focused and got more and more serious.
"It seemed like it was a lot easier than the SAT. I know I wasn't as frustrated as I was when I took the SAT. It went well."
So did Knox's senior season, as he is still considering Florida, Arizona State, and Colorado, in addition to UCLA and Notre Dame.
In helping lead Birmingham to a LA City Section football championship for a second-straight year, Knox ran for 2,210 yards and 39 touchdowns. His career yardage total of 6,695 yards is 50 shy of Manuel White's area large-school record of 6,745 (Valencia, 1997-99).
Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian stopped by the school a few weeks ago, and has been in touch with Knox.
"He told me after winter break we're going to try and set up a visit to South Bend, Ind., and get me on the campus to see how it is," Knox said.
That plan really depends on a scholarship offer. All of Knox's other favorites have already stepped to the table.
"If they don't offer, I might not take a visit," Knox said. Notre Dame has offered junior teammate Devon Flournoy, one of the top receivers in the country in the class of 2009. "I'm not sure yet. Time will tell.
"I'm supposed to get my test results back at the beginning of next month, either the second or the third."
Knox took an official visit to Florida this past weekend.
"I had a great time. It's a great place in Gainesville. Football fanatics everywhere, and they're crazy about Florida. Great campus, great people. All around nice place in Gainesville."
Knox hopes to also visit Arizona State and Colorado sometime after the new year.
Despite a 13-1 season, including impressive wins over Irish commits Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald of Notre Dame High, and Long Beach Poly, Birmingham was not selected to play in the CIF State Div. I Bowl this past weekend.
"It's alright, it's okay," Knox said, however with another he would've likely broke White's record. "If it wasn't for that, I probably wouldn't be taking visits right now. Things happen for a reason."
Knox is taking the same attitude towards being snubbed on the All-Star circuit as well.
"I'm not tripping on it," Knox said. "I just know when the real time comes to play football, I'll show people what they'll be missing."