Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. The play today is a chat with 5-star RB commit Kendall Milton. He was also at the big Notre Dame win last Saturday night.
There was a moment in Saturday’s night clash with Notre Dame that meant something to the future of the Georgia football program.
The Bulldogs were trying to get their paws around the Irish on the field, but there was another scene worth remembering up at the top of that $65 million West End Zone expansion.
The visual offered up three key future Bulldogs looking down and toward their futures as Bulldogs.
Kendall Milton. Tate Ratledge. Joshua Braun.
Milton was flush to the left. Those three were looking down. Laughing. Talking. Watching.
“Tate and I were just talking about how crazy it is going to be being on that field and in that stadium where there will be 90,000 people in the stadium,” Kendall Milton said. “We were just kind of picturing it and enjoying.”
They were leaning on a railing at times. Just soaking all of it in.
“Every time I go on a visit they just give me more reasons on why I want to be a Bulldog,” Milton said. “So that’s really just all it is.”
It seems like every time Milton is in Athens, the program shows him something that one-ups his previous experience.
“It was crazy,” Milton said. “Just being in that whole stadium. The sold-out stadium. You know they had that whole red light thing when they blacked it out. So the atmosphere and how loud the fans were stood out. I think the fans were a huge contributor to the win.”
“You know Notre Dame took two timeouts early in the game on third and short situations because it was just so loud. So I would say the atmosphere there was just completely unbelievable.”
What was his favorite moment? It already has something to do with being a pledge to the “RBU” fraternity in Athens.
“I would say when my boy D’Andre Swift started getting off a little bit,” Milton said. “I like to see my brothers start to eat so that was my favorite part of the night. Just seeing him get off.”
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Milton committed to Georgia almost two months ago. As far as the recruiting weeks go, that feels like the senior RB standout from Buchanan High (Clovis, Calif.) chose the Bulldogs back during his sophomore year.
The nation’s No.4 RB prospect (and No. 23 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite rankings) was also able to give DawgNation an update on his quad injury.
“I’m feeling very good,” he said. “Expecting to come back next week. This week is our bye week. So expecting to come back next week and have a great rest of the season.
His Bears are 3-2 this fall.
This was a different trip for Milton than his previous visits. He took a three-day unofficial visit back in April for G-Day and then he returned for his official visit in June.
The stakes had all been removed from this visit. It was just time to enjoy being a Bulldog.
When they landed on Saturday morning, they found their way to Athens. They made sure to stop by the D’Andre Swift and Mark Webb family tailgate spreads.
Those two are cousins. It makes for a big group down from Pennsylvania. There was a pair of custom air-brushed grills there last week. A caricature of Swift adorned one of those. Another grill had the Mark Webb Jr. in his No. 23 jersey look on the hood.
“Being a committed recruit it was kind of good just to go there knowing it was going to be nothing but enjoyment,” he said. “I already know what I am expecting. It was great to get a different view especially being at a game-time atmosphere.”
Fastest turnaround trip ever….but well worth it….on the ground for less than 24 hours. UGA fanbase is amazing! So sorry we didn’t get a chance to visit more with #DawgNation but be seeing y’all again real soon! #godawgs 🐶🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/pFl0NHgFjL
— Carla Milton (@CarlaMilton1) September 23, 2019
Kendall Milton on the targets in town for Notre Dame
Milton should be seen as an invested recruit for the remainder of the 2020 class. He made sure to speak with elite targets Theo Johnson, Noah Sewell and Darnell Washington last weekend.
“I just kept telling them to ‘Come be great’ and ‘come win championships’ here with us at Georgia,” Milton said. “That’s what we are going for. That’s what we are building for. That’s what I was shooting to them.”
He sees an elite potential defender in Sewell.
“Noah is one of those dudes who is a freakish athlete,” Milton said. “You would think that somebody who is 6-foot-2 and 270 should be a slow player. But with him, he runs a 4.6 in the 40. He’s a great athlete. He can run in space. He would help us out a lot.”
Johnson and Washington would also be tremendous potential assets in the run game. Those two will be able to stretch defenses and terrorize safeties, but they will also be assets in the perimeter run game.
“I just kept telling both of them that no college has the two best tight ends in football,” Milton said. “So if they both came and we would be able to take advantage of and use both of them in our offense. I told them we could be probably the most dangerous offense that college football has ever seen.”
“I just keep shooting to them the vision and hopefully they took it all in and see what I see.”
Kendall Milton on 5-star LSU commit Elias Ricks
He also discussed the chances of Georgia working to flip 5-star cornerback Elias Ricks. Ricks is now at IMG Academy in Florida, but he grew up playing against Milton in all-star events and seeing him at prospect camps in California.
Those two grew up dreaming of playing together in college, but it looks like each has chosen the path that sets up best for their individual futures. His longtime friend ranks as the nation’s No. 2 CB for this cycle and is still committed to LSU.
“I think Elias is a great player,” Milton said. “He’s going to be one of those dudes that is hard to flip. He’s pretty set on LSU and he’s a great player. Even though he might not choose the Bulldogs, I am still going to support him at the end of the day.”
It seems clear that Milton is already looking forward to his time at Georgia.
“Athens is a great environment,” he said. “It was kind of tough making those two trips in right over 24 hours but Athens is a home feel for me. I can’t wait to come back.”