Joe Milton, Ex-Wolverine

Joe Milton, Ex-Wolverine

February 18, 2021
Joe Milton (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Michigan quarterback Joe Milton is no longer Michigan quarterback Joe Milton. He has chosen to enter the transfer portal.

Milton was a class of 2018 recruit ranked as a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 pro-style quarterback, and #204 overall. I gave him a TTB Rating of 88 (LINK).

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Here’s what I said about him in my scouting report, when I ranked him #6 of Michigan’s targeted quarterbacks (LINK):

He’s a big, strong-looking kid who doesn’t need much physical development for the next level. If you watch his film, you’ll see a couple very strong throws as the right-hander rolls to his left, something that is very impressive. Claiming a 4.69 forty, he’s a decent athlete but not a dynamic one with his legs. He reminds me a lot of Devin Gardner with the way he moves and throws the ball, though Gardner was a superior overall athlete. I think Milton has a lot of work to do on his footwork, both from shotgun and under center. Instead of stepping up in the pocket, he has a tendency to fade backward, which could be problematic if it’s not fixed. I’d like to see him carry the ball higher and keep both hands on it, too. So there’s some polishing to be done, but overall, I like what Milton brings to the table as a developmental quarterback.

My top four was Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Matt Corral (now at Ole Miss), Artur Sitkowski (now at Rutgers), and Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA). Nobody else on that list has done anything of note, and Sitkowski’s one noteworthy thing is that he threw 18 interceptions in ’18.

I have posted a lot about Milton over the years, particularly a play-by-play breakdown of his 2019 season here (LINK). I was not enthused by Milton’s play at Michigan, and I think it was the wrong choice to choose him as the starter over Dylan McCaffrey. Now McCaffrey is gone (Northern Colorado) and so is Milton.

Milton finishes his Michigan career having completed 86/152 passes (56.6%) for 1,194 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He also ran 50 times for 156 yards (3.1 yards/carry) and 3 touchdowns.

Here’s what Michigan has left:

  • Cade McNamara (RS So.): 4-star QB who had one good game for Michigan before immediately getting injured in 2020
  • Dan Villari (RS Fr.): 3-star QB who was a last-minute offer in 2020 class
  • J.J. McCarthy (Fr.): 5-star QB

Usually, it seems like players transfer closer to home. Florida was a major player for Milton back during his recruitment, but that seems like an unlikely landing spot now. My guess is that he’ll end up at a non-Power 5 school in the south (UCF, USF, FAU, FIU, etc.).

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