January 8, 2008

Knox and Carter impressed with Neuheisel

Ed Croson's Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham is one of the best programs going. You can be assured when you land an Ed Croson coached player you will get a fundamentally sound player. The Bruin faithful was happy when they landed four-star running back Milton Knox and three-star linebacker Donovan Carter early in the process.

Birmingham was close to playing Concord (Calif.) De La Salle for the state championship, but a long 98 yard fumble return in the opening game by E.J. Woods in the closing seconds gave Birmingham their lone loss on the season was the difference maker.

With the turmoil that surrounded the UCLA program after the dismissal of Karl Dorrell, both Knox and Carter among others, became hot commodities again on the recruiting trail.

Because this is probably the best recruiting class that UCLA has had in over a decade it became open season on Bruin pledges.

One of the first orders of business for newly minted UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel was to secure the good recruiting work done by the Dorrell regime.

Neuheisel and staff had all the committed recruits that were in town come in on unofficial visits to get acquainted.

"It went good," Carter said. "All the commits got a chance to meet and talk to Coach Neuheisel. I really enjoyed it.

Knox agreed with his high school teammate that things went well last Saturday and like Carter will still take visits.

"It went good," Knox said. "He's really amped and he's laid back. He is a player's coach.

"I asked Coach Neuheisel about his offense because I know a lot of coaches want a big back," Knox said. "He told me, he wants football players and that size doesn't matter to him and that was cool with me.

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