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Michigan heavy favorite for 4-star QB Joe Milton
Of the 27 Crystal Ball predictions for 4-star QB Joe Milton on 247Sports, only six don’t read Michigan.
The Orlando (Fla.) Olympia High junior became a hot commodity after a strong showing during the winter camp season, while being pursued heavily by both Florida and Georgia.
Yet, despite living in Florida and fresh off of a visit to Athens last weekend, Milton is now a heavy favorite to choose the Wolverines.
His spring game visit to Ann Arbor two weeks ago went as successfully as one could go, despite Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson also in attendance. Thompson-Robinson committed to UCLA eight days later.
Milton walked away from that visit feeling like a top priority, and has since become a staple of Michigan recruiting talk.
His film speaks for itself: He has a cannon of an arm, one of the best in the country. He has great mobility in the pocket and can throw on the run. He’s an athletic freak with a ceiling as high as — or higher than — that of Thompson-Robinson, the Wolverines’ former top target for 2018.
My Crystal Ball has been in since Friday, before Milton’s visit to Georgia that looks like it ultimately did little to sway him from Michigan.
In an interview with GatorBait.com, Milton said that he “knows in his head where he wants to go, but isn’t going to speak up on it until he announces his commitment.”
On top of that, Milton added he would like to make that announcement “one day this week, or early next week.”
Based on what we know, the predictions of others and the sheer momentum that the Wolverines have built in the last couple weeks, it could be a matter of days until this Florida 4-star prospect is a Wolverine.
There is room for two quarterbacks … Tyler Shough, anyone?
We have said since the confidence in landing Thompson-Robinson first wavered that adding two quarterbacks would be wise for Michigan.
The question of whether is even room in the 2018 class for two QBs is highly debated, but the answer is yes. The Michigan staff might have to hold off in another position to make room, but adding a second quarterback can be done.
And here is why we think adding two is a good idea, even if the Wolverines land Milton:
As mentioned, he has a high ceiling. But Milton’s mechanics aren’t sharp just yet. His insane ability to throw on the run is great, but could it lead to busted plays at the next level? He has a monster arm, yes … but so does Shane Morris and he’s since transferred to Central Michigan. Now, we do see Milton as a far better prospect than Morris in terms of mechanics, but the point is there is never a guarantee.
Pairing Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High 3-star QB Tyler Shough with Milton to this class would put Michigan at a great advantage. If one doesn’t work out, you’ve got the other — coaches don’t need to depend as much on one younger player to step up when you have two in the same class. And if one doesn’t like the competition and transfers out of Ann Arbor, then you know who your guy is.
Plus, there is never such a thing as too many quarterbacks on a Jim Harbaugh roster; the position is always stacked up in numbers, and that’s the way he likes it.
Shough shows great promise as a pocket passer and a leader — on and off of the field. He grew up a fan of the Wolverines, thus leading to the great deal of confidence that if the spot is available at Michigan for him to commit to, he would take it.
Expect the Wolverines to add Milton soon, as we said … but don’t be surprised if he isn’t the only quarterback in this class.