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Kendall Milton has unique Nebraska connection
Football in California’s central valley is a tight-knit community, particularly in the greater Fresno area.
The area produces quality football talent. For Nebraska, its potential future quarterback for season to come, Adrian Martinez, comes from the area. He’s two years ahead of one of the top recruits in the 2020 class, 5-star running back Kendall Milton, who holds a Nebraska offer.
Milton and Martinez were teammates on a youth league team for several years, and their high schools compete against each other in the same conference.
“[Martinez] was just an electric player, one of those players that’s a key factor in winning the game,” Milton told Land of 10. “He can basically do it all in all aspects of football.”
In that respect, Milton sees similarities between himself and Martinez, although they play different positions. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound back is the No. 2 running back and the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
“As a player, I describe myself as not only a strong addition to the run game, but the pass game as well,” Milton said. “I have good route-running skills. I can get it done in all aspects of the offense. Basically, be able to contribute to a team’s win.”
Milton, who just finished his sophomore year of high school, owns close to 40 offers. Right now, Milton is focusing on three characteristics to determine which programs will have a seat at the table throughout his recruitment.
“The No. 1 thing is playing time,” Milton said. “Being able to get on the field as a freshman and play early and be able to be one of those three-and-out guys.”
Milton also wants to major in business or finance, so he has been researching the strongest business schools and programs with strong track records post-graduation.
The third factor is assessing a school’s fan base and alumni base that can aid him in his personal and professional careers.
Milton speaks with Martinez on a weekly basis. The young quarterback has been singing coach Scott Frost’s praises in their conversations.
“He said [Frost] doesn’t necessarily care about the players just as a football player,” Milton said. “He cares about them as a person more than as an athlete. It’s great to be able to see that Coach Frost is a coach that cares more about a player’s well-being than just how the player affects him as a coach.”
Having Martinez at Nebraska will only helps the Huskers’ case throughout his recruitment, he said.
“That helps a lot,” Milton said. “Growing up with Adrian, we always keep it real with each other. When the staff comes at me, I can be able to go to Adrian and he’ll tell me what’s real about it, because he’s gone through everything that I’m going through. … He’ll basically be able to tell me what to expect when and if I got to Nebraska.”
Kendall Milton would like to hear more from Huskers
Oddly enough, Milton has not been in too much communication with the Nebraska staff since they took over this offseason.
“The last I’ve been in contact was when I got the offer, to be honest,” Milton said.
That offer came on April 12.
Milton has been to Lincoln before, interestingly enough. His older brother played for Fresno State, and when the Bulldogs played the Huskers in Lincoln during the 2016 season opener, the younger Milton made the trip.
“Seeing that atmosphere, seeing how electric that stadium was, that really attracted me,” Milton said. “I would love to be able to have an opportunity to play in a stadium just like that.”
Kendall Milton has some early leaders
Milton was quick to name Florida State, Georgia, USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, Miami and Oklahoma as schools that have jumped out early in the process.
“They have made an effort to stay in contact,” he said.
“I’m kind of leaning toward schools that are jumping out early, because they show that interest in me,” Milton added. “They show interest in the potential I have. If they believe I can be a player, not basically waiting to see what will happen at the end of my high school career, but taking that risk and basically believing in me at an early age, that’s something that will be strongly considered.”
Milton compared his running style to his two favorite football players: Pittsburgh Steelers back Le’Veon Bell and Jacksonville Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette.
Milton wants to play in a spread offense in college.
“You have the whole defense spread out across the field,” Milton said. “That just makes the running game easier because everything is so spread out. That’s when lanes start to open up.”
The pressure of being a top-10 national recruit does not faze Milton.
“I have a strong base around me, with my trainer, my dad and my brother — all the athletes that I grew up with playing at the next level,” Milton said. “They basically help me through the recruiting process.”
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