January 4, 2007

Birmingham is loaded for class of '08

The Los Angeles City Section hasn't had back-to-back City Champs from the San Fernando Valley since the mid-70's. The last team to do so was the Charlie White led San Fernando Tigers. After his brilliant career for the Tigers White ended up going to USC and went on to win a Heisman Trophy for USC.

Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham just won their third title in five years. The first two teams were led by excellent senior leadership. The 2002 team were led by City Player of the Year Dennis Keyes is now the starting safety for the UCLA Bruins and the 2004 team was led by City Player of Year Luke Laolagi.

The 2006 Birmingham Championship team was by a junior who was selected City Player of the Year, running back Milton Knox (5-8, 205, 4.55).

Knox has been a known commodity since his freshman season when he helped Birmingham to the City Championship in 2004 while sharing the football with a senior.

As a sophomore, Knox rushed for 1,700 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. He is also very nifty out of the backfield racking up 500 receiving yards and scored six more touchdowns through the air.

For his Player of the Year season, Knox rushed for 2,374 yards and scored 29 touchdowns while averaging 7.24 yards per carry. What makes his junior season even more special is Knox was a marked man all season. He also accounted for 14 receptions for 96 yards for an average of 6.9 yards per catch.

According to Knox, he has early offers from UCLA and Ole Miss. Other schools that have shown early interest in Knox are Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Washington and USC.

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