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Milton Knox (RB, Van Nuys, CA) - How does Ole Miss have a connection with the 2006 Los Angeles City Sectional Player of the Year?

"My family lives in Meridian (MS)," added Milton Knox. "Basically it would be like a homecoming for me if I ended up at Ole Miss."

Which side of Knox's family lives in Mississippi?

"My father, his parents, brothers, sisters, just his whole side of the family, basically. I stay in Meridian pretty much ever summer. I know a lot of people down there."

The National Top 100 member has been impressed with Ole Miss so far through the recruiting process.

"Ole Miss is a great school. You can say they are in a rebuilding process, with Coach Orgeron just getting there. They are trying to get back to where they were when Eli and Archie were there. They are one of the elite programs in the SEC. Ole Miss has just had a couple of bad seasons lately, but football goes in cycles. You have your ups and downs. They are about to be back on an upswing."

The Ole Miss staff has also made an impression on Knox.

"Ole Miss has an advantage over the other schools down there like Alabama, LSU, and those schools because they do not recruit California that heavily, not like Ole Miss. Out here, if you want to find the top spots, you look at Ole Miss because they have an advantage over the other schools from the South because their staff comes from (U)SC, and they grew up here and know this area so well. I think they will be an elite school by the time I get to college."

What is going on in Knox's recruitment outside of Ole Miss?

"Arizona and San Diego State are my newest offers. I will take some time and make a decision after I get done with my official visits in December of January."

Who else has offered the All-State performer?

"Ole Miss, UCLA, and Florida State."

Has Knox had a chance to take in any Jr Days?

"I have been down to UCLA and San Diego State. Those are the only ones I have been to. I do not think I will be going to anymore Jr Days or practices.. I am going to just work out and get ready for my senior season."

Outside of the colleges that have offered Milton; who has stood out?

"Schools like California, Florida, and also Notre Dame. Those three schools have caught my attention. That is about it. They talk to me and said they liked me. I am not sure if they are going to offer me or not, so I am going to take my time and see what happens. UCLA, Ole Miss, California, Florida, and Notre Dame are all right there together. The school that recruits me the hardest, that's the school I will commit to."

So far, who is coming after Knox the hardest?

"Everybody is about equal. I just got a call from Florida the other day. Ole Miss texts me all of the time. UCLA does too. Everybody is sending letters, texting, doing the same stuff. It is neck and neck between those schools right now."

The 5' 9", 200 pound back led Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham to the City Section title. He Rushed for 2,374 yards and scored 29 touchdowns, earning First Team All-State honors (overall and underclass). Milton is a three-year starter for the Patriots and could end up as the leading rusher in City Section history when his career is over.

"I think my toughness is the main thing. I am willing to do the dirty things that other RB's are not willing to do, like blocking, taking on the DL, and things like that. The great ones like Emmitt Smith, Jim Brown, and Walter Peyton; they did the dirty things that others did not want to do. That is why they are in the Hall of Fame."

There are still a couple of things Knox would like to work on for the next level?

"My size and reading the defenses better. That is the part of the game that I want to get down. Then I will let my God given talents do the rest."

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