Nation's top transfer QB? Former UCF star McKenzie Milton shares what he'll be looking for in his next team
If you missed the news this week, former UCF star McKenzie Milton has made the decision to leave the program and enter the NCAA transfer portal.
You can expect just about every major college football program that has a need at quarterback heading into next season to reach out to former UCF quarterback in the coming days and weeks in regards to a potential transfer.
In many aspects, Milton is a unique transfer prospect as he has not played since the 2018 season when he suffered a dislocated right knee in addition to ligament, nerve and artery damage on a devastating hit. In addition to his injury history, Milton didn’t lose his job at UCF and likely would have stayed with the program if not for his bond with the team’s emerging star under center, Dillion Gabriel.
Since replacing Milton in the lineup, Gabriel has thrown for 7,006 yards and 59 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions in under two seasons of play. The two QBs are both natives of Hawaii and their close relationship has been cited as a reason for Milton’s decision to leave UCF, as he doesn’t want to mess with Gabriel’s success and progression in Orlando.
After making his decision to leave UCF, Milton gave an interview with Marc and Mike of 96.9 The Game to discuss his future. While admitting he hasn’t taken a hit, of any kind, in two years, Milton believes he is ready to see the field again with confidence.
“That’s always the unknown, I guess,” Milton said on the show. “That’s a risk people are going to have to be willing to take but nothing about it makes me nervous. I’m not scared or anything come fall. I’ll be ready to go.”
While it’s still early in the process for Milton, he offered up a timeline for his upcoming decision.
“I haven’t been thinking about any schools in specific, no timeline really,” Milton said. “Obviously, I’d like to be on campus by the start of spring semester in January — wherever I’m going to go. I feel like I have this whole month to decide, let the season play out, coaching changes happen and whatnot.
“I’m not going to jump the gun and commit to a school right away. I’m going to weigh my options with my family and we’ll make a decision.”
When it comes to which programs Milton will look into regarding his upcoming transfer, the UCF quarterback offered up some thoughts on his next destination.
“There’s definitely offensive systems I feel I could flourish in. I love what we’ve done with both staffs here at UCF,” he added. “Somewhere where they have a good o-line that can protect, they have a good culture and obviously I want to win. All of that plays into it. But I will give respect to every coach that reaches out to me. If they have taken their time, I will give them respect to hearing them out. Definitely open to any and all options.”
Milton’s transfer will definitely be one to watch in the upcoming weeks as several SEC programs are sure to kick the tires on potentially adding the former UCF signal-caller after he threw for 8,683 yards with 72 touchdowns and 22 interceptions along with 1,078 rushing yards and another 20 scores on the ground during his time with the Knights.