Think about this: it wasn’t out of the blue that McKenzie Milton decided to commit to the University of Central Florida.
He will be playing for Scott Frost, the new head coach for the Knights who spent the last three seasons as the Oregon offensive coordinator. Makes a lot more sense now. Frost will be installing the Oregon style of spread offense at UCF. He worked with Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who is now with the Tennessee Titans and graduated from Saint Louis.
“He said I would fit into the offense really well,” Milton said. “I just really love the coaching staff and the campus.”
Milton was the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s offensive player of the year in 2014, when he led Mililani to the state Division I championship. He was hurt as a senior, but helped the Trojans make the state semifinals.
Milton has five scholarship offers, from UCF, Army, Navy, Air Force and Hawaii. He was also getting recruited by Oregon and by Boise State. Milton said most schools backed off with their recruiting intensity when he first made his oral commitment to Hawaii as a junior. He added that he continued to hear seriously from the Naval Academy and UCF.
“He was recruiting me at Oregon,” Milton said about Frost. “When he got the UCF job, he continued to recruit me. So that’s how that came about.”
The Knights went 0-12 in 2015.
“I started working out last month,” said Milton, who is 6 feet, 170 pounds. “Weight training and working on getting bigger. They want me to get bigger. I’m running a mile or two on the treadmill every day.”
Milton is considering majoring in sports medicine.
“He (Frost) talked about getting me into coaching as a graduate assistant,” he said. “I would be interested in doing that after graduating. That is another reason why I was drawn to UCF.”
Frost played quarterback at Stanford and Nebraska in the 1990s and spent six years in the NFL with the New York Jets, Cleveland, Green Bay and Tampa Bay.
As a three-year starter for the Trojans, Milton passed for 7,303 yards and 81 touchdowns and rushed for 1,810 yards and 18 TDs in 34 games.