There is no evidence that UCF sophomore McKenzie Milton will follow coach Scott Frost to Nebraska, but there is no evidence that he won’t.
His father, Mark Milton, was asked the question via cell phone Saturday.
“He has a New Year’s Day Bowl game coming up, so that (question) is something he’s not even thinking about,” said Mark Milton, who stayed in Hawaii this weekend for business reasons while others in his family attended the Knights’ 62-55, double-overtime victory over Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game. “He has a good thing going at UCF.”
Pressed a bit further, Mark Milton did not rule out McKenzie Milton leaving to play for the Cornhuskers, either. He watched his son lead UCF to victory on TV, with Mililani assistant coach Ma’a Tanuvasa as his guest.
“It reminded me of the (2014) state championship game win against Punahou, in a way,” he said. “They won it with a defensive stop.”
The speculation about McKenzie Milton, the Mililani alumnus, possibly going to Nebraska could heat up. A former Oregon assistant, Frost recruited Milton for the Ducks, and then when Frost was hired as the UCF coach, he immediately recruited Milton, who eventually decided to go to the Orlando school in a switch from an early commitment to Hawaii.
Milton, who showed his love for his home state by wearing an “808” sticker on the front of his helmet in the conference title game, has been a huge part of the turnaround at UCF, which went 0-12 two years ago and followed up with a 6-7 mark and an appearance in the Cure Bowl during Milton’s freshman year. Now, the Knights (12-0) are conference champions and are ranked 14th in the nation with a likely Peach Bowl appearance left.
While the game was in overtime, it was announced on TV that Frost had earlier accepted a deal to coach Nebraska, his alma mater.
Mark Milton did bring up something else about the unknown: “We don’t know who the coach is going to be (at UCF).”
McKenzie Milton has three years and two more seasons of college eligibility left.