Receiver Milton told he could be 'big target player' for Vols

Matt Milton, a 6-foot-6, 192-pound receiver from Mascoutah (Ill.) High School. verbally committed to the Vols over Illinois, Iowa and Washington.

Matt Milton, a 6-foot-6, 192-pound receiver from Mascoutah (Ill.) High School. verbally committed to the Vols over Illinois, Iowa and Washington.

Tennessee began the week searching for wide receivers to join its 2010 signing class.

Now UT can consider receiver a position of strength.

The Vols followed up Tuesday’s commitment from Markeith Ambles McDonough, Ga., with a pledge from Matt Milton, a 6-foot-6, 192-pound receiver from Mascoutah (Ill.) High School.

Milton chose the Vols over Illinois, Iowa and Washington.

Milton, who attended UT’s summer camp in June, committed to the Vols during a visit on Friday.

“It’s an SEC school,” Milton said. “They have coaches that came from the NFL and a program that’s on the rise. They have the pro-style offense, which I think suits me better than one of the spread offenses.”

Milton made that decision after considering what new UT coach Lane Kiffin accomplished as an assistant for Southern Cal earlier this decade.

UT has been looking for the next Mike Williams or Dwayne Jarrett, two tall receivers who flourished in USC’s offense.

Milton said UT’s coaching staff told him he could play that role.

“They told me about how they’re lacking a big target player,” Milton said, “a receiver they can throw the ball up high to and across the middle.”

Milton should be familiar with that role.

Mascoutah coach Scott Battas said Milton is the team’s central figure on offense.

“He is the heart and soul of what we do,” Battas said. “A lot of things revolve around him. He takes a leadership role with our team.”

That shows in Milton’s off-field work ethic.

Milton, who’s ranked the 46th-best wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com, said he’s not bothered to see so many receivers listed ahead of him.

Milton said he’s motivated to prove he’s better than what others think.

“I work hard by myself just to get better, just to see where I can go,” he said. “I feel that I’m the best receiver out there. I don’t think a ranking can tell me there are 50 kids better than me.”

Milton, who caught 40 passes for 797 yards and eight touchdowns last year, is the second prospect from Illinois to commit to the Vols for 2010.

Offensive lineman Zach Fulton from Homewood-Flossmoor High committed to UT in June.

“I think that’s pretty cool,” Milton said. “I want to get his number and talk to him.”

Milton said he’s also willing to talk to quarterbacks to help recruit them to UT.

The Vols are still looking to add a quarterback.

Milton said hearing from fellow prospects can make a difference.

“Hearing from other players is stronger than hearing from the same people all the time,” he said. “Players are going through the same thing.”

Prater To Visit: UT will receive a visit from another Illinois receiver Saturday.

Kyle Prater, who attends Proviso West High in Hillside, left for Knoxville Friday night, according to his father, Johnny Prater.

Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.

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rockytopron writes:

Good deal! Can't get a QB to throw to him, but at 6'6" it just has to be close by for him to grab it.

TNVOLFN writes:

YESSSSSS!!!!

vols14 writes:

big pick up!

NeylandWest writes:

Holy cow. Imagine him split out wide with Markeith and Nu'keese! Good lord, that'll be sick!

VolVegas writes:

It's all happening!!! Cant hold us down anymore.

ddbirdvol writes:

I'm starting to think they have a QB in mind or just switched game plans. Odd that all the focus of late is on WR

But great pickup

cc623 writes:

We need to get back to the days of "WR U".Hopefully Ambles and now Milton will be examples and more will follow...

NeylandWest writes:

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6'6 and runs a reported 4.5 - You're seriously saying he's slow?

utfpmd writes:

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Get a clue. This kid fits perfectly into Kiffin's system, which needs at least one tall receiver.

Adamkg12 writes:

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Seriously??? are you a complete idiot or just like to act like one on this website... i will take a 4 star reciever any day of the week!!!

NeylandWest writes:

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You say that like you actually go through every recruit's mailbox and check up on each letter he tosses. Either you stalk them or you have no clue. Which is it?

tino2009 writes:

Can't still see a storm cloud in the sky...but I am begining to smell the rain...

orngbluded writes:

we will get a QB to change there committment to the Vols just wait and see.

MONSTER_VOL writes:

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So I guess Mike Williams and Dewayne Jarrett didn't fare too well HUH.

NeylandWest writes:

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Let's see what he does in a couple years. 6'6 will make a nice target on a post route in the swamp :)

ALLVOL_in_Richmond_VA writes:

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Why would you dis those other schools, who traditionally have to recruit in their back yard...
This is a good sign for the VOLS, 6'6" is just plain tough to defend, period.
In fact, why are you even on this site, which is for VOLS fans ...

NeylandWest writes:

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That's the best you could do? C'm on zz, we know better than that. We're waiting! Shhhh...everyone...zz has something she'd like to tell us...

Vol_Fan_N_NC writes:

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Wow, Nice comment about him being tall and slow, the kid is 6'6 and runs a 4.5-40. And as far as how Kiffin is fairing agains the SEC, have you been out of your cave long enough to hear about Markeith Ambles. He is one of the highest recruited WR's in the nation and had offers from 8 SEC teams and chose Tennessee. You should really get a clue.

Now, go back to your cave, TROLL!

ZWVol11 writes:

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The Gators weren't recruiting him that's why he's slow right? Come on man do you really enjoy raining on people's parades that much?

hotrodvol writes:

Come on guys don't feed the trolls. It's sad they're the first ones on here slinging dung, just don't reply and they will go away.

It's great news to get Milton, now if they get Prayter, who is also here on a visit, UT will be set at receiver. GO VOLS, not bama or florida, but VOLS!

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

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If Bama and UF play in the SEC championship game and a earthquake hits and destroys the Georgia Dome during the game then obviously we all win.

MONSTER_VOL writes:

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The same Mike Williams and company who came to Auburn in 2003 and shut them out 23-0. I believe Auburn was good too.

rdgshackelford writes:

forget how fast he is. what is important is that he is 6'6 and still posts a 38 vert!

NeylandWest writes:

With as many interlopers as we have, it's obvious that Rocky Top isn't just home sweet home to me.

CoverOrange writes:

Read the other day that some kid from Ft Lauderdale with offers from UF, FSU, Bama and LSU, committed to Ohio State. Said Ohio State has a better record in developing WRs for the pros. Hmmm. Quirky offenses dne professional career.

Russell writes:

Just so the tool bags (interlopers) on this site have their facts straight...Kyle Prater, Rivals.com # 1 ranked wide receiver, runs the 40 in the same time as Matt Milton. Clearly, speed is only one of many variables to consider.

Nice to see some WR's committing. Go Vols!

Txvol57 writes:

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slow?...he runs a 4.5

IBleedOrange444 writes:

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http://tennessee.rivals.com/viewprosp...

http://florida.rivals.com/viewprospec...

You guys really beat out the powerhouses for this gem! Which would you rather have?

Welcome to K-town Matt. Can't wait to see you buring the Gayters for 6!

golfballs03 writes:

Solid. Could this scare away Prater?

jasonsvols writes:

cobbs,prater,maurice hayes,calvin smith,corey lemeior,rashad knight, and i heard kilgo is visiting and will probably commit this weekend.

SwagVol writes:

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So, I imagine 5'10 is too short for WR at an elite school? Oh, wait, just checked out UF's WR commitments for 2010, and one of those commits (Patton) is that short. But it's about the speed, right?

Oh, and the other WR, 3 little stars.

Jealous much?

polymer writes:

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The nation's Number 1 receiver prospect (Kyle Prater) is the same height as Matt Milton, and runs the same speed in the forty. So is the nation's Number 4 OVERALL prospect tall and slow?

spvol writes:

When they get newspapers in Gainesville and Tuscaloosa, maybe Vol fans won't be bothered by these insignificant interlopers. But first someone in those two hamlets will have to learn to write. One step at a time.

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kman29 writes:

sounds like a future TE with some work in the weight room. And if that is the plan, its probably a good pick up. Because honestly in the SEC a WR running a 4.57 just will not survive. But at TE, you could end up with an impact player with that size and speed assuming he can add on some weight in a couple seasons.

spvol writes:

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Guess Utah was the only team to "trounce" Bammer, huh?

AllVol1 writes:

I would take Brunetti, certainly, but I got really excited about Rettig, more than I was about Scroggins. A true coup would be to attract both Rettig AND Brunetti. With these receivers coming aboard, UT (the truest and first UT) is going to look even more attractive. If we can start picking up some big time O Line "pushers" then the QB's out there will definitely start changing commitments. I am believing in the Big Orange again. Patience, Vols. Our recruiters are so good, so driven, and so relentless. They are the Orange Strike Force, an elite team that moves stealthily below the radar, undetected and unsuspected until you hear the BOOMS!
BOOM--NUKEESE
BOOM--MARSALIS
KA'BOOM--OKU AND BROWN

NEW BOOMS: SMITH, AMBLES, HARRIS, PALARDY, BROWN, MILTON

K'TOWN is a BOOMTOWN!

cmoore7 writes:

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Big Ten teams like the Michigan one that beat timmy and co in the Citrus Bowl?

bUTchVFL writes:

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I love the "we didn't want him" technique. That must have been what FA said when his girlfriend dumped him.

kman29 writes:

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So, I imagine 5'10 is too short for WR at an elite school? Oh, wait, just checked out UF's WR commitments for 2010, and one of those commits (Patton) is that short. But it's about the speed, right?

Oh, and the other WR, 3 little stars.

Jealous much?

Actually, yeah that is correct the SEC is all about speed. Your really behind the game in following college football if you do not know that. Its why many schools in the SEC began recruiting safties to be LBs, LBs to be DE's ect.. A model first started by Miami in the 80s.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

ESPN's take on Milton

Milton is a mammoth wide receiver prospect that is extremely athletic and is a candidate to move to H-back at the next level as he continues to mature. Certainly looks the part and is a guy that is a load to handle in the open field. He is a raw athlete with huge hands, long arms and a long stride. He is not overly explosive or quick-twitch in his movements, but shows deceptive quickness and elusiveness, once he gets going. He actually has very competitive speed given his size and can be more productive as a vertical guy than his top-end speed indicates because he can lull defenders to sleep. His size gives him a huge advantage on deep routes. Shows good overall awareness and body control on jump balls. He will extend and elevate to win contested matchups. Has very good hands and shows quality focus along the sideline and over the middle. Is an ideal candidate to be a slot receiver working because of his size and wide catching radius. He is difficult to tackle one-on-one after the catch and will stiff arm or break arm tackles. We would be concerned about his ability to consistently separate against smaller, quicker defensive backs if matched up out wide because he builds speed and rounds off his cuts too much. Is a raw route runner at this stage and does not possess the sudden stop/start capabilities of some guys, but he is a nightmare in the red area and knows he can create mismatches. He gains position and shows body control as good as anyone in this class.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...

AllVol1 writes:

Please, someone, tell me that KYLE PRATER is leaning toward us. That would give us such a huge magnet for a QB and some O linemen. Kyle, if you are reading this, think about it. You would be one of the leaders of the Orange Surge to prominence, here at UT, one of the most revered programs in the country. Let's start the Swarm!!

acolvol#632266 writes:

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Assumming that Bama's players don't sell their playbooks like they did their text books.

SwagVol writes:

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Actually, yeah that is correct the SEC is all about speed. Your really behind the game in following college football if you do not know that. Its why many schools in the SEC began recruiting safties to be LBs, LBs to be DE's ect.. A model first started by Miami in the 80s.

You're missing the point kman. Picking apart a recruit because of X is pointless. You think 5'10 is ideal for a WR in the SEC? No. Anymore than 4.4 vs. 4.5 speed?

And according to your model, 6'6, 4.57 WR would make a great TE in the SEC. Right?

Regardless, it's a good pick up for the Vols.

gatorhator5033 writes:

Well Folks in about 1 to 2 years it's:

PARTY TIME AGAIN IN TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

Like I said, gators are poor champs, Hell, even Bama fans show more class than gators. (and fake gator-lopers)

Colliervol writes:

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Slingblade987 back in the house. Just saying.

Opinion irrelevant.

acolvol#632266 writes:

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What other choice do you have, but to get over it?

RollTideJoe writes:

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If Bama and UF play in the SEC championship game and a earthquake hits and destroys the Georgia Dome during the game then obviously we all win.

Only way you beat them.

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