Mililani high school senior quarterback McKenzie Milton has decided to withdraw his verbal commitment from the University of Hawaii.
Instead, he is choosing to attend the University of Central Florida.
The 2014 Cover2 Offensive Player of the Year announced his intentions on Twitter Wednesday night.
“I grew up watching UH football and I dreamed of playing there, but it just wasn’t the best fit for me, right in my heart,” Milton told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello tonight from Los Angeles. “UCF, when I was down there, it just felt right. It felt like home, I guess. They’re gonna do good things down there and I’m excited to be a part of it, but I wish UH nothing but the best. I have a lot of friends on that team and I think they’re gonna do great things.”
Milton, who is currently on a visit to UCF’s campus in Orlando, threw for 2,344 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Trojans in 2015.
As a junior in 2014, Milton chucked for 3,339 yards and 35 touchdowns before committing to Norm Chow in December of that year.
The ’14 Tommy Kaulukukui Award winner had confirmed his commitment to Nick Rolovich this past December.
UCF hired former Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost on Dec. 1. Milton credits the development Frost helped Marcus Mariota achieve under his tutelage at Oregon as a strong reason to draw him to the Golden Knights.
“Yeah, it was definitely a big reason why. (Frost) was interested in me when he was at Oregon and he’s a great mentor. He was a great player in college and coached up Marcus and he’s a great guy to learn from and I look forward to the opportunity with him,” Milton said.
Milton can make his verbal commitment official on National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Feb. 3.