2018 Season Countdown: #80 Joe Milton

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24Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #80 Joe Milton

Joe Milton (image via Orange Observer)

Name: Joe Milton
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 220 lbs.
High school: Pahokee (FL) Olympia
Position: Quarterback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #5
Last year: Milton was a senior in high school (LINK). He was 90/188 for 1,317 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions; he also ran 59 times for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The quarterback position is a unique one in many ways, and one reason in college football is this: a whole year of recruiting goes by, and most schools only take one QB. So when you’re The Guy in any given class, the eyes of the world (in this case, the Michigan sphere plus some others) are upon you. There are only a few people who care about NFL quarterbacks once they drop past the second round or so, but every school gets a guy who is The Future. The current guy can’t get it done, but watch out for this rocket-armed, scrambly, laser-guided-missile dude we got out of Nowhere, Kentucky.

For Michigan in 2018, Nowhere, Kentucky is actually Olympia High School in Florida. And the rocket-armed, scrambly guy is an M1-A1 Abrams melted down and poured into the mold of a 6’5″, 220 lb. cyborg. Central casting in Hollywood ain’t got nothin’ on Joe Milton.

The problem is that, unlike Hollywood, Michigan only gets so many takes before errant passes turn into losses and the director gets fired. Milton never completed more than 50% of his passes in any of his three seasons as the varsity starter at Olympia, and his 10-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio isn’t very impressive for a guy headed to major college football. Reasons for this poor completion percentage range from “He’s flat-out inaccurate” to “He throws the ball too hard for his guys to catch” to “He doesn’t have a good supporting cast.” What’s the real answer, and does it matter? He’s on campus now, and Michigan has to make the best of it.

Aside from the bazooka attached to his right clavicle, Milton can run a little bit (rumors are he ran a 4.6 forty, though others say his fastest time is a 4.8). He’s also reported to be a Leader with a capital “L.” That leadership thing is something that has never been uttered about Brandon Peters, the guy who could be around for the next three years and has more snaps in a Michigan uniform than anybody else on the roster (hint: the other guys have zero combined). Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson might be a leader, but he might also be a one-year rental.

Will Milton play this year, or will he redshirt? Odds are he’ll stay on the sideline. Patterson will start unless something bizarre happens, and the backup role appears to be pretty neck-and-neck between Peters and redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey. The coaching staff seems to be high on Milton, but he’s unlikely to make the leap necessary to surpass those other guys in year one. I’m putting him here on the countdown, because he might be a valuable scout team quarterback, and you never know what will happen if injuries or bad attitudes infect the guys ahead of him on the depth chart.

But if you’re driving down Main Street one Saturday afternoon this fall and see a brown, oblong projectile headed for your windshield, this isn’t your Donnie Darko moment. It’s just that 52.1% of the time, the ball ends up in some unexpected places.

Prediction: Redshirt

25Jan 2018
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Final ESPN 300 for 2018

Mustapha Muhammad

ESPN released its final rankings for 2018 (LINK). Here’s the list from when it was released in April 2017 (LINK). Movement for Michigan commits:

  • TE Mustapha Muhammad moved up from #46 to #42
  • QB Joe Milton moved up from #124 to #119
  • CB/S Myles Sims jumped from #157 to #137
  • DE Aidan Hutchinson jumped from #276 to #193
  • LB Cameron McGrone appeared at #206 after not being on the initial list
  • LB Otis Reese dropped from #216 to #230
  • RB Christian Turner dropped from #268 to being off the list

Hit the jump for the full list.

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23Jan 2018
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Final Rivals 250 for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson

I posted a look at the final Rivals 100 yesterday (LINK). Here’s a look at the guys from #101-250 who have been offered by Michigan:

101. Jeremy Ruckert – TE – NJ (Ohio State)
103. Myles Sims – CB – GA (Michigan)
106. Jalen Hall – WR – CA
107. P.J. Mustipher – DT – MD (Penn State)
108. Stephon Wynn – DE – FL (Alabama)
109. Talanoa Hufanga – ATH – OR (USC)
112. Alontae Taylor – ATH – TN (Tennessee)
117. Alston Orji – LB – TX (Vanderbilt)
118. Coynis Miller – DT – AL (Auburn)
119. Tyler Shough – QB – AZ (Oregon)
120. Dyami Brown – WR – NC (North Carolina)
122. Zack Kuntz – TE – PA (Penn State)
124. Kalon Gervin – CB – MI (Michigan State)
125. Austin Osborne – WR – CA (Washington)
126. David Reese – LB – FL (Florida)
127. Mychale Salahuddin – RB – DC
128. Ronnie Perkins – DE – MO (Oklahoma)
129. Aidan Hutchinson – DE – MI (Michigan)
132. Jacob Copeland – WR – FL
135. Derrik Allen – S – GA (Notre Dame)
137. Trey Hill – OG – GA (Georgia)
138. Daniel Fa’alele – OT – FL (Minnesota)
139. Jacob Sirmon – QB – WA (Washington)
140. Jayson Oweh – DE – NJ (Penn State)
141. Nana Asiedu – OT – VA (Penn State)
142. Darrell Simpson – OT – TX (Oklahoma)
143. Max Wright – DE – TX (Texas A&M)
146. Matt Hill – WR – GA (Auburn)
149. Cameron Rising – QB – CA (Texas)
150. Joshua Moore – WR – TX
152. Trenton Gillison – TE – OH (Michigan State)
154. Marquan McCall – OG – MI (Kentucky)
155. Will Mallory – TE – FL (Miami)
156. Emil Ekiyor – OG – IN (Alabama)
160. Matt Jones – OG – NY (Ohio State)
162. Anthony Schwartz – WR – FL (Auburn)
164. Jahan Dotson – WR – PA (Penn State)
165. Aashari Crosswell – S – CA
167. Keondre Coburn – DT – TX (Texas)
168. Shayne Simon – S – NJ (Notre Dame)
169. Jayson Ademilola – DT – NJ (Notre Dame)
171. Trey Dean – S – GA (Florida)
172. Kearis Jackson – WR – GA (Georgia)
174. Kamryn Babb – WR – MO (Ohio State)
176. Xavier Williams – WR – FL (Alabama)
177. Amari Burney – ATH – FL (Florida)
179. Jashaun Corbin – RB – FL
181. Raymond Scott – LB – CA (USC)
183. Austin Fontaine – DT – MD (Maryland)
184. Elijah Moore – WR – TX (Ole Miss)
185. Christopher Smith – CB – GA (Georgia)
188. Michael Ezeike – TE – CA
190. Brian Hightower – WR – FL (Miami)
195. Cameron McGrone – LB – IN (Michigan)
200. Joe Milton – QB – FL (Michigan)
203. Quindarious Monday – S – GA (Auburn)
204. Noah Boykin – CB – DC (Maryland)
205. D’Shawn Jamison – CB – TX (Texas)
206. Bobby Brown – DE – TX (Alabama)
210. Atanza Vongor – S – TX (TCU)
211. Verdis Brown – C – FL (Illinois)
218. Keaontay Ingram – RB – TX (Texas)
221. Gurvan Hall – S – FL (Miami)
222. Bryce Thompson – ATH – SC (South Carolina)
223. Chris Murray – OG – CA (UCLA)
226. Elijah Wade – DE – NV
227. Josh Jobe – CB – CT (Alabama)
228. Jamien Sherwood – S – FL (Auburn)
230. Warren Ericsson – OG – GA (Georgia)
231. Master Teague – RB – TN (Ohio State)
237. Markese Stepp – RB – IN (USC)
239. Tavion Thomas – RB – OH (Oklahoma)
245. Damone Clark – LB – LA (LSU)
247. Tre’shaun Harrison – ATH – WA
248. Justin Mascoli – DE – GA (Clemson)
249. Alim McNeill – DT – NC (North Carolina State)

20Dec 2017
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Who’s signing a National Letter of Intent today?

Joe Milton (image via 247 Sports)

For a quick reference, here’s a list of players who are signing their National Letter of Intent on the early signing day, which is December 20. This is the first year for an early signing period for college football players, so it will be interesting to see how many players around the country sign now, and how many of them carry it out until the beginning of February or longer.

SIGNING ON DECEMBER 20, 2017

  • QB Joe Milton – SIGNED
  • RB Hassan Haskins – SIGNED
  • RB Christian Turner – SIGNED
  • FB Ben VanSumeren – SIGNED
  • TE Mustapha Muhammad – SIGNED
  • TE Luke Schoonmaker – SIGNED
  • OT Ryan Hayes – SIGNED
  • OT Jalen Mayfield – SIGNED
  • DE Aidan Hutchinson – SIGNED
  • DE Taylor Upshaw – SIGNED
  • DE Julius Welschof – SIGNED
  • LB Cameron McGrone – SIGNED
  • DB Sammy Faustin – SIGNED
  • DB Gemon Green – SIGNED
  • DB German Green – SIGNED
  • DB Myles Sims – SIGNED

NOT SIGNING YET

  • QB Kevin Doyle
  • WR Ronnie Bell
  • LB Otis Reese
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