UCLA Transfer Knox Looking at Fresno State

RB Milton Knox to transfer from UCLA.

Former four-star running back Milton Knox was given a release by the UCLA coaches on Wednesday night. It's not a full release, but he has permission to talk to potential schools about transferring. One of the first schools he called was Fresno State…

Milton Knox (5-8, 203) was high school teammates with former Fresno State recruits Malik and Marquis Jackson, who both gave the Bulldogs verbal commitments during their senior season but did not sign. Knox, on the other hand, verbally committed to UCLA before his senior year. While Fresno State recruited him early, the Bulldog coaches stopped their recruitment after Knox made his oral commitment to the Bruins.

"I never did get a chance to talk to [Fresno State head] Coach [Pat] Hill," Knox said about his high school recruitment. "I just didn't get to talk to them that much. I committed early. Really, if they would have recruited me harder, I would have considered them more."

Since receiving permission to seek a transfer, Knox has contacted Bulldogs and Utah.

"I called [Fresno State head coach] Pat Hill and he wasn't able to pick up the phone," said Knox. "When I called Utah, they were in a meeting. I haven't talked to anyone at Fresno State. I left a message for Coach Hill. It was a brief conversation with Utah. I have to call them back."

"I want to stay on the West Coast so I can visit family. [Fresno State and Utah] were recruiting me early and they said just in case anything happened to call them."

While he favors the Bulldogs and Utes, he isn't going to be particular when the time comes to make a decision.

"It really doesn't matter," he added. "I'm open to any school that will take me. I can't be picky right now.

As for leaving UCLA, Knox says it's just "a numbers game."

"I don't have any hard feelings," he added. "I want to play football. They got a lot of numbers. They are stacked at running back. I had a good spring, but they felt the backs coming in will help them out more."

Knox is friends with current Bulldog players L.J. Jones and Isaiah Green. But he hasn't spoken to them about the possibility of transferring to Fresno State.

"Me and Isaiah played Pop Warner together," said Knox. "LJ and I have a lot of mutual friends. I was hanging out with him when he came back home a few weeks ago."

Knox plans to finish out the semester at UCLA and likely attend summer school with hopes of moving to his new school before August. He wants to finalize his transfer as soon as possible. However, he believes the process could linger through the summer.

Transferring to a FCS school to play immediately is a possibility, but Knox has no qualms about sitting out the 2010 season to remain at the FBS level.

"I'm a competitor," said Knox. "You got to go at things hard. At times, I was able to dominate last year and feel I can with the opportunity.

"I've been looking at the [Fresno State and Utah] depth charts – seeing who they have. I'm going to have to compete. I'm going to have to work harder to prove myself.

"I don't look at [sitting out] as a bad thing. It will have me focused on the new environment the first year. It will take time for me adjust. I have been spoiled, you can say, playing close to home. I need to get used to the new environment."

Knox says his family supports his decision. "They really don't care. They just want me to have the opportunity to play. They want me to be happy."

He has lowered his forty-time to a high 4.4, low 4.5 range since high school. With minimal body fat, he maintains his 203 weight. Despite his size, he can be an every down back. He's best in-between the tackles with his power and low center of gravity.

Knox carried the ball 29 times for 134 yards last season for UCLA as a redshirt freshman running mostly out of the Wildcat formation. He will have to sit out the 2010 season to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2011.

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