Recruit Update: Milton Knox

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham running back Milton Knox would rather be playing in the CIF State Championship game this weekend, but the UCLA commit will be taking a trip to Florida for an official visit, and he talks about the status of his commitment to UCLA...

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham running back Milton Knox will be one of the three committed prospects to UCLA who will not be taking his official visit.

"A lot of things have gone on since I committed to UCLA," said Knox. "I'm going to Florida for an official visit. I know I'm taking a visit to Notre Dame in January and to Colorado in January too."

Knox said he may not even take an official visit to UCLA, having been there enough.

"I don't think I'm going to take a trip there since I've seen the campus so many times. I'm still a verbal there, but it's a soft verbal. I don't know what's going to happen. That's why a lot of guys are soft verbals. We don't know about the coaching staff. We don't know if they'll keep the nucleus of Coach (Eric) Scott, Coach (Dino) Babers or Coach (Walker). I talked to Nick Crissman, no ifs, ands or buts, he's staying. He said they might get Norm Chow, and who wouldn't want to play for him? My father told me to just hold on tight. As for now, I'm still a Bruin."

Knox said the idea of playing for Chow is one he's thought about, but he's interested in seeing who UCLA hires regardless.

"I'd just have to meet him and see how he stands as a person. We play football for him so you've got to get to know him. If any coach comes in, you'd have to put a lot of work in to get to know them. That happened with Coach Dorrell. He was like a father figure to us. We wish him all the best. A lot of guys are hoping its Norm Chow or Coach Walker. If they keep Coach Walker, they'll keep the nucleus of the staff and we know the coaches by name. We committed early, we know each other and we're real, real close with other. If they get Coach Chow and keep the nucleus of the coaches, they'll have no problem getting us on board."

Knox said he's talked frequently with the coaching staff at UCLA, and saw some of them at the Coliseum last Friday night during the City Section title game.

"I talk to Coach Babers, E-Scott, Coach Walker, a lot," said Knox. "They came to the championship game and they got to see me play. They called me the night before the game, and wished me and Donovan (Carter) good luck. I was real impressed. They said to hold on tight, cause they feels like if we keep a couple of the guys, a lot of people will stay."

Knox was hoping he didn't have to go to Florida this weekend, he was instead anticipating being at the Home Depot Center for the CIF State Football Championship bowl games. Birmingham was passed over for the D-I spot from Southern California by Corona Centennial.

"We felt like we should have been in it but sometimes you have to take the bad with the good. I'm happy with what I accomplished at Birmingham. When everyone was at my house (for the selection show), you could hear a pin drop as soon as we heard "Southern Section". People were so mad, But it also brought us closer together. We learned as young men, then not everything is going to be what you want it to be. So I'm going to remember 2007 for the practices, hanging out with the guys, summer league, and passing league. I have three rings. People here call me Lord of the Rings. Now it's on to college," said Knox.

Knox leaves Birmingham as the school, and the L.A. City Section's all time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns.


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