Milton On the Rise

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Dec 2, 2009

Tennessee went into the western part of Illinois and uncovered a gem in Matt Milton. The Mascoutah High product played all sorts of roles as a senior and showed each time that he was an elite prospect.

One player who really impressed this season was Mascoutah wide receiver Matt Milton. The Tennessee commitment comes from a place not commonly known as a football factory, so it took some time for folks to really see his talent.

The 6'6, 205-lb Milton did accumulate offers and in a year that is deep at the wide receivers position, his 4-star, #35 ranked at the position status is nothing to scoff at. However, his head coach, Scott Battas still feels he is underrated.

"Matt did everything we asked him to do in 2009, from catching balls to running the offense. He was a tremendous leader for us on and off the field, and I expect him to provide the same impact for the Vols in the near future."

Milton will play wideout for the Vols, but ran the wildcat, played running back, returned kicks, and played some defense as well. His 4.5 speed coupled with his size and athleticism are rare, but he is even more than just a great football player.

"He is a great kid," Battas said, "an extremely hard worker, and a terrific leader. He makes the players around him better! Tennessee is getting one of the best playmakers in this class and we can't wait to watch him. Matt is an outstanding football player."

Scout's Take: On this tape, there is less of Milton playing wide receiver than we saw on his junior tape, but you still get to see what makes him special. A kid with his height that can accelerate the way he can is rare and even more than that, his change of direction and ability to make defenders miss in the open field is unusual for someone 6'6. When he does play receiver, he shows good ball skills and the ability to be a future red zone threat. His play on defense shows his toughness and willingness to take contact. He is a kid who can help Tennessee early and has future pro potential. - Allen Trieu

photo by David A Milner, DMD
Rochester, IL

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