BOCA RATON, Fla. — Joe Milton found out he was heading to South Florida only a few minutes after he stepped off a plane from Los Angeles.
At about 6 a.m. Monday morning in Orlando, Fla., the 2018 Michigan commit’s mother told her son that it might be a good idea to take part in Florida Atlantic University’s satellite camp that afternoon. Among the coaches at the South Florida camp? Milton’s future coaches at Michigan.
Milton, a 6-foot-4 1/2, 220-pound quarterback from Olympia High School in Orlando, verbally committed to the Wolverines on May 7.
Milton is a 4-star prospect and the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in 2018, per 247Sports’ player rankings.
Monday afternoon at FAU’s football complex, he was throwing footballs to his future head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
“They worked on me a little more, mechanics-wise, to make sure my drops were good, to make sure I was staying with my same throwing motion and my same composure, and just to try to make sure my body is on target,” Milton said of the quick instruction he got from Harbaugh and Michigan assistant head coach and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton.
“I also learned how to interact more with players. There’s a lot of guys in the area and a lot of guys I can motivate and tell them to keep their composure.”
Milton has size, arm strength, athleticism and mobility, and fits the mold of recent Michigan quarterbacks such as Jake Rudock and Wilton Speight, as well as incoming freshman Dylan McCaffrey.
Milton competed against 23 of the nation’s top 2018 quarterbacks in the Elite 11 finals this weekend in Southern California, but did not make the top 11.
He boarded a flight that left Los Angeles in the 11 p.m. hour PT. After landing in Orlando, he and his mother drove about three hours south, to Boca Raton.
I have the best head coach in the world 🌎💯🏈@CoachJim4UM
— Joe milton #7 (@Qbjayy7) June 5, 2017
“I found out my coaches were coming down, so I thought it’d be good to come down, just to get some work in,” Milton said. “There’s no days off, even if it’s the summer.”