RB Knox Has UCLA Knocking

Milton Knox, the 5-8, 195-pound running back from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham, who has scholarship offers from schools around the country, finally got the offer from the school down the street, UCLA, last Friday. He talked to us about what the offer means to him...

UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell's visit to Birmingham High's campus on Friday made a big impact on Patriots running back Milton Knox.

Dorrell extending a scholarship offer to Knox made an even bigger one.

"That was big for me," said Knox. "Having him come to the school and then offering me, that means a lot to me. He's a man of his word. He kept telling me, ‘Be patient,' that they were going to offer me, so for him to come and offer, he stuck to his word."

For Knox, it's a measure of relief, as he's long had interest in the Bruins but watched other running backs get offered while wondering if their interest in him had waned.

"I didn't know what was going on, and I was kind of souring on them, but Coach Dorrell was honest with me and he told me what was going on. I kind of knew that they were going to offer me, but for him to do it in person was big," said Knox.

Knox said the offer was greeted warmly by his family. "My parents were really happy, they really want me close to home," said Knox. "My grandma, she told me to commit to UCLA right away. She said that's where I'm going and not wait but commit."

While Knox isn't heeding his grandma's advice just yet, he said that the offer, and the visit from Dorrell, gave him a renewed, strong interest in UCLA. "They're one of my top schools but I'm not in a hurry to make my choice," said Knox. "I want to wait until close to Signing Day, take all of my official visits and then I'll decide."

UCLA's offer joins offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, San Diego State and Arizona, and two of those schools are included in his top five.

"My top five schools are UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame, Florida State and Florida," said Knox. "I don't really have a leader from them, but those are the schools I'd probably visit."

The Gators added former Taft coach Troy Starr to their staff as the director of football operations, so their interest in Knox has increased since Starr arrived in Gainesville. "With Coach Starr now at Florida, I've been hearing a lot from them. They're visiting the school and they've been showing a lot of interest in me. It's crazy, I used to be his ballboy when I was a kid and now he's recruiting me."

And one of Knox's closest friends is Dayne Crist, the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High quarterback who committed to play at Notre Dame last month. "Dayne is one of my best friends and I know he's telling Charlie Weis about me and saying for me to be patient, that they're going to come out here and visit," said Knox.

Heading into his senior year, Knox is on target to rewrite the City Section record books. The 2006 City Section Player of the Year and a first-team all-state pick, Knox rushed for 2,374 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, all while playing on a bad ankle.

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