Running back Milton Knox (5-8, 198, 4.42) from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham has accomplished a lot in his three years on the high school level. Knox is a rare athlete indeed who first made a name for himself has a freshman who helped Birmingham upset powerhouse Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey.
The talented running back was a difference maker all the way back then. As a junior Knox once again led Birmingham to the promised land capturing their second L.A. City title in three years.
For his efforts, Knox earned City Player of the Year, first-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team all-league after rushing for 2,374 yards and 29 touchdowns. He even had 14 two-point PAT's.
What makes his achievements even more impressive was the tough minded Knox fought through the pain with a severe second degree ankle sprain that he got playing against Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame in the fourth game of the season.
During the season Birmingham kept it very quiet and when Knox practiced, he went light and then went off to get treatment.
Knox would tape up on Friday and away he ran.
With a resume as striking as Knox's you would think he would have 20 offers up this point, but his football cross to bear is his size.
Knox is used to doubters and when non-believers show up to watch him play they become among the converted.
On Friday (May 11th) Knox picked the offer he had been hoping for when UCLA offered him a scholarship.
"I was expecting UCLA to officially offer," Knox said. "I feel real good about the offer.
"I wasn't going to commit to anyone until I meet with my family. This is a family decision.
"Right now I just want to go on all five of my trips and see other parts of the country. I would like to see how the vibe is at other places and if I like it I could go there.
"I think I'm going to ride this (the recruiting process) out."
"I'm very happy with my UCLA offer. I had to be patient because the offer was just a matter of time. Coach Karl Dorrell was true to his word. He said UCLA was going to offer me and they did."
UCLA joins Arizona, San Diego State, Ole Miss and Florida State as schools that have offered Knox a scholie.
"My goal this season is to win the state championship," Knox said. "I have been part of two City championships and now I want to get a state championship."
Knox has incredible strength for a running back. He squats 515 and hand cleans 275 to go with a 255-pound bench.
The next few weeks could prove to be exciting for Knox as there are several other schools scheduled to be on the campus during the evaluation period.