One really refreshing thing about quarterback McKenzie Milton is that he is the farthest thing from a publicity hound.
As a matter of fact, he is so low-key and easy-going and blends in so well with all of his Trojans teammates that he is sometimes hard to find after games. Well, part of that has to do with Mililani’s white numerals on a yellow jersey. Still, Milton wearing his No. 13, is usually standing with about four or five other teammates of similar stature.
And he has done really well flying under the radar of the national recruiters. Yes, he is committed to Hawaii. According to 247sports.com, he is a “solid” commit to Hawaii.
Not that we’ve heard anything different. That’s what we’ve always heard since he committed last year.
But Hawaii Prep World has learned that things may have changed slightly since June.
That’s when he attended an Oregon camp.
Rod York, the Mililani head coach, opened up about some excellent tidbits pertaining to Oregon and Milton.
“There were 62 quarterbacks at that camp and he was the MVP,” York said on the phone Sunday night.
There was noise in the background and somehow “MVP” sounded something like “every piece.”
What was that Rod?
“MVP (again, sounded like every piece). He was the MVP. That included the Bishop Gorman quarterback (Tate Martell) and the quarterback from Texas that Oregon (Seth Green) has already offered. He killed that competition.
“(Oregon recruiters) told him to hang on and be patient and go out and have a good year.”
Well, that means a real lot or nothing at all. The Ducks sound interested, but not interested enough yet, apparently.
Milton, who is 6 feet and 180 pounds, also has offers from Army, Navy and Air Force. He threw for a school-record 515 yards and six touchdowns and he rushed for 60 yards in a 67-21 win over Kapolei on Saturday.
Next up for No. 1 Mililani: a trip to play Liberty of Henderson, Nev., on Friday. The Patriots returned to the mainland after falling to No. 2 Saint Louis 43-16 at Aloha Stadium last Saturday.
“I spoke with some coaches at BYU, including (former Kahuku star running back) Mark Atuaia, and they told me they’ve offered the Liberty quarterback (Kenyon Oblad),” York said.
“We’re going up there to take care of business,” he added. “That’s the facts.”
So far in three games, Milton is 58-for-78 for 880 yards passing and 12 touchdowns with one interception. And he has rushed for 187 yards and a TD on 14 carries.
As a junior in 2014, he went 237-for-343 for 3,339 yards with 35 TDs and eight interceptions to go along with 802 yards and 12 TDs rushing.
During his sophomore season in 2013, Milton completed 136 of 228 passes for 1,620 yards and 16 TDs, and he rushed for 583 yards and four TDs.