Football Recruiting: Champ Bailey’s cousin travels to Atlanta for spring break to check out Georgia Tech

Charlton County’s Chris Milton is spending spring break in Atlanta this week.

He is hanging out with his two older brothers: One recently graduated from Clark Atlanta, while another one plays football for the Div. II school.

However, the speedy athlete is in town to look another college, Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are one of his seven offers, including Kentucky and Wake Forest.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Milton presents a lot of interesting options for Georgia Tech. He is a three-year starter at quarterback for Charlton, and may get a look at the position at Georgia Tech. However, the Yellow Jackets are primarily recruiting Milton for the A-back position.

You're probably pretty good at football if you're related to No. 24 (AJC/AP photo)

You're probably pretty good at football if you're related to No. 24 (AJC/AP photo)

“It would definitely be something new, being that I play quarterback in h igh school,” Milton told the AJC. “But if that’s the place they need me, I am willing to try it.”

Charlton County has one of the state’s richest football traditions, with Milton being a distant cousin to the school’s most famous alumnus, NFL cornerback Champ Bailey. That’s another position that Milton may play in college.

Milton has heavy interest from UGA and is waiting to see if the Bulldogs will offer. He is considering attending Saturday’s G-Day game in Athens, and has planned a trip to Wake Forest for April 17.

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37 comments Add your comment


April 8th, 2010
7:11 am

Ricky Bobby says “if you aint first, you’re last”… WWWWWOOOOOOO!!!!


April 8th, 2010
7:54 am

Wide receiver. Why go to Tech?


April 8th, 2010
8:58 am


My friend, have you not heard of Demaryius “BEBE” Thomas??? I think he would tell you that being a wide receiver at GT doesn’t hurt your chances of being a first rounder anymore that being thrown to by Joe Cox does. Also, this kid is also Boss Bailey’s cousin too!! Where is the love Michael???


April 8th, 2010
9:12 am

Hey Bob, quit making us look stupid, Tech’s about to have a first round pick at wr. duh!

Let me think

April 8th, 2010
9:18 am

bob, maybe he’d like to have more career choices than the NFL, Walmart or Clarke County Jail! Who do you think design the Walmart in which you work? How bout the roads you walk to get to work? And the crazy computer system that mysteriously keeps track of when you get paid?

bob, bob, bob...

April 8th, 2010
9:30 am

Maybe he’d prefer to be drafted in the first round, a la Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, than in the second like Reggie Brown or Mohamed Massaquoi.

Gator Man

April 8th, 2010
9:53 am

Reading pretty challenging bob (kinda like leaving J’ville happy). The article seems to say GA Tech is recruiting him as a running back or maybe quarterback. And if they are recruiting him as a wide out, please see above.


April 8th, 2010
10:20 am

If he plays anything like Champ…I hope he signs with us. I consistently doubted Champ Bailey and he consistently proved me wrong…all the way to the pro bowl!



April 8th, 2010
10:58 am

Bob – appears you read the first four sentences of this article and then for some reason stopped to type an email digging at Ga Tech.

Best of luck to this young man wherever he may choose to become a student athlete. Go Jackets!

Butterfingers Thomas

April 8th, 2010
11:05 am


Only thing I remember about Demaryius “BEBE” Thomas is dropping a wide open 4th down pass against UGA. It was quite the Reggie Ball moment.


April 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

Bob… best you take a break. You are not doing yourself any favors!


April 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

Demaryius Thomas did drop a few passes in his career at Tech, but I can’t recall any receiver who has never dropped a pass. I don’t understand how it makes you feel better to cut down college kids…but to each their own…

Good luck, Mr. Milton, in whatever you aspire to do. We’d love to have you here on the Flats, but I hope you make the best decision for yourself. UGA and GT are both good schools, although I must say that playing under Paul Johnson would be a great privilege.


April 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

If the DAWGS offer….it’s a done deal….if not and he chooses tech…good luck to the young man!


April 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

Interesting the headline says wide receiver, yet he plays quarterback and is being considered as a quarterback, A back, or corner back. I know he could be recruited as a wide receiver, but that is not mentioned in the article other than the reference that says speedy wide receiver. I must be missing the connection.


April 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

Calvin Johnson never played for Paul Johnson and Thomas was already there when PJ got there so don’t toot the GT horn too loudly as some kind of Wide Receiver U. Both were/are physical specimens which accounts for NFL interest more so than their college stats. If anyone gets credit for them it’s the Chan Chan man. Time will tell if PJ is able to bring in receivers of their caliber going forward. My guess is not, but he will definitely get guys who work well within his system and will be able to block and catch.


April 8th, 2010
12:48 pm

The point is that Johnson coached up Thomas to be a 1st round-caliber WR…as far as recruiting WRs, he got Stephen Hill in 09, who was very highly regarded (4 star, if you buy into those ratings).


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April 8th, 2010
1:08 pm


Ramble On:

April 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Butterfingers Thomas: Hey butterboy! Got news for ya! Thomas will play in the NFL this year and will excel at wide receiver. At least he had a QB to throw the ball to him, where as, your crappy team had Joe Phallic. Can’t wait for this year, as your team will underachieve and be overated as always. Hey, who knows, maybe this year UGAG wins it all! Woops, my bad, it’s a rebuilding year. Also, you will NEVER beat the Gators. Chomp Chomp Chomp, Woof Woof Woof. THWG!

Delbert D.

April 8th, 2010
1:49 pm

Tech is putting in more pass routes for A-backs. Not to mention the ones he draws up on the sidelines. Got a long TD on one of those last season.


April 8th, 2010
2:12 pm

Gt is irrlevant and so is their recruting!!!

go dawgs

April 8th, 2010
2:33 pm

Hey Ramble on, we don’t have to have a quarterback who can throw when we run the ball down your throat the entire game. Call us overrated if you will but that overrated team beats you almost every year. Do not worry about Florida, we may not beat them but we beat you guys all the time.


April 8th, 2010
2:56 pm

I get your point about Gailey recruiting Thomas, but CPJ is the one who Thomas played for when he was noticed. I will also bet you that NFL scouts love the fact that he can go up and get the ball, and drool over the fact that CPJ taught him how to put DBs on their arse blocking for run plays.
Hill definitely has big shoes to fill to replace Thomas, and hopefully show that another WR can flourish in this offense. By the way UGA recruited Hill as well if you did not already know.


April 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

go dawgs,
You have to admit that the rivalry should get better now that GT is getting a real team together with a coach that plays to win. UGA can lose you know (08 ring any bells) and just like UGA GT got a knew DC when it was obvious the defense was not headed in the right direction.


April 8th, 2010
3:09 pm


Only thing I remember about Demaryius “BEBE” Thomas is dropping a wide open 4th down pass against UGA. It was quite the Reggie Ball moment.

D Thoms verses UGA 2009:
5 catches for 127 yards and a 76 yard TD. durning that TD a UGA player TRIED to tackle him but Bey Bey put 1 arm up and laid him flat on his back. So if you only remember the drop, remember that UGA D could not stop Thomas, only he could stop himself.

Oh and UGA only passed for 76 yards against Tech, Tech had 135 yards passing against UGA. Before yall dog Tech passing game look how many passing yards UGA had in their best game of the year. That’s southern smash mouth football like we play a Tech


April 8th, 2010
3:21 pm


Clempsun and UGay = dumb and dumber

April 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

why go to the Inbred Institute of Outhouses in Athens when you can play for Ga Tech and be the next BAY BAY baby! whew!!!!!!!!!!! You can play in the BCS with GT..or Shreveport with UGAY…love it

Michael Carvell

April 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

My bad. Milton plays QB, and is being recruited at A-Back. He said CPJ may also give him looks at QB, DB, and WR. Another BJ Bostic-type player.

[...] Champ Bailey’s cousin checks out Georgia Tech [...]


April 8th, 2010
4:54 pm

Georgia Tech is getting very nice recruits I wish CPJ would go get some of the Nations best though.. UGA fans ya’ll get a Top 5 Recruiting calss 2 times and can’t even go to a champioship in the SEC much less BCS maybe ya’ll need a new coach

Tokyo jacket

April 8th, 2010
6:58 pm

Mike, we are working on the top players. If you look at either Scout or Rivals, we have some VERY solid players that are on our board right now. We have multiple players that have us in their top 3/5 along with Bama, Florida, UNC, FSU, etc. We’re also starting to get the UGA effect: When we recruit a player, his stars go up because he gets more notice.

Coach Johnsons Paul

April 8th, 2010
7:59 pm

Our new recruitng philosophy is “Distant” cousin…close and good enough. Went to same school as Kevin Garnett…wow he has to be good. Next step…played on same field as Herschel Walker, drove through town where Bo Jackson lived, Heard he had a Tim Tebow poster on his wall…you get the drift.


April 8th, 2010
8:33 pm

I like the fighting over where this kid should go to school. You are all losers in the game of life. Move out of your mom’s basement and try to meet a woman without the use of computer.

Outside Observer

April 8th, 2010
8:35 pm

Funny how georgia fans remember Thomas for one dropped pass. Yet, nothing I see in the draft reports state that Thomas is known for dropping a lot of passes. Probably because he rarely dropped a pass in college. However, I VIVIDLY remember Massaquoi dropped more than one pass. Perhaps that is why Massaquoi’s draft report said he was known for dropping MANY easy passes. It’s ok though. The Browns have a tendency to draft players who drop too many easy passes (ex. Braylon Edwards, one year wonder, rest of the career BUST)


April 9th, 2010
7:06 am

CPJ is going to put the puzzle together at Tech and its going to be (in mutt, leg-humper language “reel partty”, mutt fans spell this way also.
Go you Hairy Yellow Jackets!!!!!!!!

Hey Dogtards

April 9th, 2010
8:03 am

ABack is basically a hybrid WR/RB. When we run the option they block / are the pitchman. When we throw they are basically slot receivers.

We had about 400 yards passing to ABs last year, which isn’t a whole lot, but those guys weren’t WRs coming out of high school, either. I think that total will jump as CPJ adds more and more smallish (5′11-6′0) WRs at AB. Seems like he prefers taller guys to play WR so they can play jump ball with 5′9 DBacks.

ABack is almost a better pro position, imo. The biggest knock on Bey Bey is his route running. The A Backs run a lot more sophisticated routes. They also can get 5-10 carries a game running the ball. Ultimately, I think a stud WR-type at the position can average at leats 50-60 yards rushing and 50-60 yards receiving a game. That wouldn’t be too bad.


April 9th, 2010
2:29 pm

Where ever you decide kid. It’s just nice hearing some of these kids from south Georgis are still interesed in the state schools.