Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. We were able to get an interview rep coming of 5-star RB Kendall Milton taking a four-day trip to check out the program. Read on, there’s a lot of ground to cover.
DawgNation had an informative chat with Chris Milton from his office on Monday morning. That was the from the same chair he had not visited in 10 days.
Milton and his family had just completed a 10-day SEC odyssey of sorts. That’s because his son, Kendall, is one of the nation’s top RB prospects right now.
That trek meant a long car ride to Lousiana for family time and then a chance to check out LSU, then a trip to Tuscaloosa to take in all things in Saban world for that true college football dynasty.
That trek ended with four days at the University of Georgia. Then a cross-country Sunday flight back to LAX and then a three-hour car ride back to their home in the Fresno area.
Kendall Milton rates as the nation’s No. 1 RB for the 2020 cycle on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He’s seen as the highest of targets on the Georgia recruiting board for this cycle.
Chris Milton was able to share some good insight into the working parts of that decision. He said glowing things about all three of those SEC options, but some of his comments he made about UGA will be tangent to DawgNation audience.
That part about a tag team of UGA’s top recruiters working on behalf of the program was highly interesting. Both of those assistants, along with the head coach, spent time with him on that visit.
The big thing from these visits: Get away from the “first date” phases of a recruiting process. They wanted to see what they could from these schools when all the trappings of those first few hours melted away.
They wanted to see something real. Not some Denzel Washington or Robert DeNiro acting chops with everyone showing off the sides of their program they want to show off.
It was a 10-day search for a consistently genuine recruiting effort. To sift through all the sizzle and find the steak.
“If we are specifically just talking about Georgia in this conversation, I think they did a good job,” Chris Milton said. “They [Georgia] did 100 percent a good job in displaying consistently but again so have other programs. I definitely don’t want to take away or discount anything any other program has done but speaking specifically about Georgia they absolutely did a great job.”
What Kendall Milton said Monday about Georgia
It was about that time when Kendall burst into that office. It is the same office that his father uses to run a successful franchise business.
He has approximately 49 employees and his company has seen 100 percent revenue growth of late. That would be in the millions of dollars with that, too.
Milton said hello, apologized for not getting back to an interview request and said that his inbox is quite full after that 10-day tour of probably the three biggest big boys in the Southeastern Conference right now.
When asked how he would sum up the UGA visit, he only needed one word.
“Amazing,” Kendall Milton said.
He also told DawgNation that the Bulldogs have already earned a fall official visit. The expectation here is that the Bulldogs might have even secured one of the two premium gameday slots for Milton. Those open up with a bye week and an open date for his Clovis High (Buchanan, Calif.) fall schedule.
Kendall delivered his quick thoughts there on the Bulldogs. His father had already shared why the Bulldogs were now in a very good position to earn that official visit.
He was able to filter through a lot of thoughts and provide the following context to the decision in regard to the following:
- Kendall doesn’t tell him everything. He realizes that, but he feels his son will want to take all of his official visits first before he makes his decision.
- Milton will need to whittle his 40-plus offers down to five schools for official visits. Chris Milton felt like the schools with the most buzz that Kendall brings up are: (in alphabetical order): Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.
- The feeling here is that those are the major contenders and Milton will likely choose one of those seven schools.
- He offered up the following statement about what the right school will be for his son: “I think what it is all honestly come down to are the places that Kendall 0ne hundred percent feels that personable relationship with the coaching staff. Those places where he can look at the coach and kind of mirror the relationship that we have. While I’m definitely his father, I am still a friend and still a confidant and an ally. I know for a fact he is going to be looking for that as well from a coach. Maybe not the friend aspect but definitely that confidant, an ally, a mentor and that sort of thing.”
- When the officials are all done, then look [for now] for Milton to quickly make that decision to get this recruiting process over with when it is time to finally make that move.
Kendall Milton rates as the nation’s No. 2 RB and the No. 15 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite rankings for 2020. (Kendall Milton/Twitter)
How Team Milton views Georgia right now
“There’s definitely an opportunity for early playing time out of the gate,” Chris Milton said of the Bulldogs. “Strong academic base. Just the resources of the program and the personality of the coaches. That was definitely that was good.”
Remember that part up above about an “ally” and a “mentor” and a “confidant” search? Does Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee fit that notion?
“I can 100 percent say that he was absolutely 100 percent impressed with coach McGee,” Chris Milton said. “He was impressed with the resources and the supporting staff at Georgia. He got to know the other coaches.”
Hmm. This is the part it was interesting to learn that McGee has a tag-team partner of sorts with this recruitment. How does this pairing sit with DawgNation?
It appears that now both Dell McGee and Kirby Smart and Sam Pittman area all working to help bring Kendall Milton to Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)