Still Waiting

Knox is down to ND, UCLA and Florida

Every Wednesday and Friday, Birmingham (Calif.) Senior High running back Milton Knox gets online to see if his ACT results have posted. So far, he has been disappointed, as the four-star Knox is still waiting for the score of the test he took back in December.

A good enough score could result in a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.

"I took the ACT as standby registration, so they said it takes longer than regular to get your score," Milton Knox said. He has a 3.1 GPA.

"They just told me as long as I get an 18, that's what they can go to bat for."

The 5-foot-8, 196-pound Knox is down to three schools. A soft verbal commit to UCLA, he is still considering the Bruins, Florida and Notre Dame. He told Irish Eyes last month that he felt much more prepared for the ACT than when he took the SAT, so he feels good about achieving the proper score.

As of the moment, Knox has an official visit set up to Notre Dame for the weekend of Feb. 2. Irish assistant coach Brian Polian came by the school last week, and Knox said he is coming back again this week.

"They tell me they're still interested," Knox said. 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).

Knox and Polian talked for roughly 20 minutes last week.

"We talked about the running backs that they're interested in, and basically what type of running back they need," Knox explained. Notre Dame has already secured a verbal commitment from four-star running back Jonas Gray. "They said they want one more and that was basically it.

"Being more of a slasher, game-breaking running back," Knox added of how the Irish coaches envision him in their plans. "The running back they have now is a big bruiser. They said I can be an every-down back, but that is what they're interested in."

Knox has always been intrigued by Notre Dame throughout the recruiting process, despite the fact that with the many offers he has received, one from Charlie Weis has not been one of them.

"Just the tradition at the school," Knox said. He is also good friends with Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald going back to the Pop Warner days. "Who wouldn't want to play at Notre Dame. It's probably one of the most storied programs, not just in football, but U.S. history. It's a special place."

Knox said that he will make his college decision either the day before signing day, or on National Signing Day, Feb. 6.

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