A good recruiting weekend turned into an even better Monday for Georgia Bulldog fans. As expected for some time California tailback Kendall Milton committed to Georgia this evening over offers from a veritable who’s who of major college football. Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Southern Cal were among the suitors for the fourth-ranked player in the state of California.
It’s easy to see why Milton has been one of the most hotly recruited players in the class of 2020. Milton is one of the best all-around backs in recent memory, with a rare blend of size, speed, and surprising shiftiness.
The 6’1, 229 pound rising senior from Clovis, California runs through contact with high school defenders, and has excellent lower body strength and balance. The holes just aren’t as big in elite college defenses, and success at that level requires the ability to churn out yards after contact. Milton is as good at that as any back in this class.
Milton also has extremely quick feet for a back of his size, and while he does sometimes run a little more upright than you’d like, he also has great vision and the kind of patience to let plays develop that is really hard to teach.
While Milton becomes the fourth tailback in the UGA backfield to be rated five stars out of high school by the recruiting services, his commitment is great news for the Athenians. Starter D’Andre Swift and reliable, tough running senior Brian Herrien are likely both gone after 2019, leaving Georgia only an injury or two away from a severely depleted backfield in 2020.
Milton becomes the Bulldogs’ sixteenth commitment for the class of 2020 and moves the Red and Black up to fifth in the 247Sports team rankings. Yet even with the recent pledges of Milton and Texas offensive tackle Chad Lindberg the ‘Dawgs still have the fewest commits of any team in the top ten. In short, Kirby Smart and his staff are setting up to make another run at the top of the recruiting rankings. Until later . . .