Charlton Co.’s Chris Milton becomes commitment No. 14 for Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

Chris Milton became the only player in Charlton County history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards last season.

Chris Milton became the only player in Charlton County history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards last season.

Charlton County’s Chris Milton is such a good athlete, colleges weren’t sure what to do with him.

To its credit, Georgia Tech didn’t really worry about all that. The Yellow Jackets simply said “we want you no matter what” and that tactic paid off handsomely Thursday when Milton offered up his commitment. He becomes No. 14 in Tech’s Class of 2011.

Milton mainly plays quarterback for the Indians, and he plays it well. Last season he became the first player in the school’s storied history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 1,000.

“I’ve had a long line of really good athletes come through here like Champ Bailey who can play any position,” Charlton County coach Rich McWhorter said. “Being our best athlete we put him at quarterback and that’s worked out best for us. He also plays defensive and he’s a dangerous punt returner. I could see him playing wide receiver or defensive back at Tech.”

Milton looks to be on track for more of the same this season. Through three games he has rushed for 242 yards on 30 carries and four touchdowns and passed for 514 yards and another six TDs for Charlton County (3-0). He’s also averaging 23 yards on punt returns, McWhorter said.

As for his recruitment, Milton had more than dozen offers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt were his only ones from the SEC. In the end, it came down to Tech, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

The Jackets had several advantages, location being chief among them. Milton has two brothers at nearly Clark Atlanta College, Norris Milton Jr., a former player who is currently serving as a graduate assistant coach, and Terrance Milton, who is a current player at Clark.

“I think keeping the family together had a lot to do with it,” McWhorter said.

GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS

  1. OL Trey Braun, (6-5, 275), Tallahassee, Fla.
  2. OLB Darius Caldwell (6-5, 210), Mays HS
  3. OL Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280), Albany-Monroe HS
  4. LB Chaz Cheeks (6-3, 220), East Hall HS
  5. WR Jeff Greene (6-6, 200), Starr’s Mill HS
  6. OL Kyle Harris (6-3, 260), Pepperell HS
  7. LB Jabari Hunt-Days, (6-3, 226), Hillgrove HS
  8. QB Vad Lee (6-2, 200), Durham, N.C.
  9. LB Tremayne McNair (6-2, 225) Jacksonville, N.C.
  10. OL Shaquille Mason (6-2, 305), Columbia, Tenn.
  11. ATH Chris Milton (6-0, 175), Charlton Co. HS
  12. DB Dominique Noble, (6-2, 187), Mount Ulla, N.C.
  13. S Darren Waller (6-5, 204), North Cobb HS
  14. ATH Airyn Willis (6-2, 180), High Point, N.C.

116 comments Add your comment

smh

September 17th, 2010
2:28 am

Who cares if I’m first? LOL

Frank

September 17th, 2010
6:14 am

Congrats Chris, best of luck except for that regular season finale each year.

THWGT!!!!!

VA DAWG

September 17th, 2010
6:45 am

Good luck Chris! Hope you have a great four years except for the last Saturday in November. GO DAWGS!

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 17th, 2010
7:11 am

It’s great to be a GA Bulldawg !

Old Gold

September 17th, 2010
7:18 am

Welcome to the Joke by the Coke young man,

CoolBreeze

September 17th, 2010
7:33 am

Chip – Can you tell us a little bit about this young man? We got his height and weight. Dying to know a little more about him. What’s his favorite color, did he have other offers, etc……

moops

September 17th, 2010
7:59 am

Nice pickup GT. He’s a solid prospect.

BjohnDawg

September 17th, 2010
8:01 am

good pickup for Tech.He is a good solid player, and well coached. But Chip why is this article listed as a link under UGA and The SEC section? Seems more correct to link it under Tech and the ACC.

Jaydawg

September 17th, 2010
8:13 am

Congratulations young man.We look forward to adding you to the list of our red headed step children from N.Avenue.

bitter tuitt

September 17th, 2010
8:17 am

yaaaw can have my spot, gonna go up nooth and play foo the golden doomer yaaaw, gonna be a yellow jACKET YAAAWWW, UUHH DUH!!!

GA Sucks

September 17th, 2010
8:22 am

And the classy UGA fans are up and at ‘em this morning, huh?

Coach Hewitt..

September 17th, 2010
8:24 am

Get your education young man..The next level will not be in your future at tech…

GT Brian

September 17th, 2010
8:27 am

Frank and VA Dog, respect you guys for showing some class! Could use some more of that on both sides!

Lowndes25

September 17th, 2010
8:32 am

This is a great pick-up for Tech…Milton is a phenominal athlete and someone whom the UGA staff had their eyes. However we had a couple of guys (i.e. Malcom Mitchell) ranked higher than him on our boards and were waiting to see if they commited to us before officially offering Milton…Tech did a great job in securing Milton’s commitment this early in the recruiting season…should help soften the blow of losing Tuitt yesterday.

Dawg 4 Life

September 17th, 2010
8:33 am

This is a huge pickup for Tech, Charlton County produces some of the best talent in the state, unfortunately it has become FSU and UF territory over the last decade. Its good to see a state school get a solid player from this area

Tech

September 17th, 2010
8:33 am

This guy is a stud, plays QB in high school, will be a running back at Tech, was getting over a dozen offers for WR and DB. Love getting these deep south GA kids at Tech.

GT Sambo

September 17th, 2010
8:34 am

Nice pickup Tech! I am realistic enough to know that we are never going to get the same “ranked” athletes as UGA, UF, Alabama or FSU. This appears to be a good quality 3-star recruit. If we recruit enough of these type of athletes, and have a few 4-stars thrown in the mix, we should be able to field a team that can compete well against the top level teams consistently and at least have an opportunity to beat UGA more often than not.

Go Dawgs #27

September 17th, 2010
8:35 am

I am one UGA fan that wanted to see Milton get an offer, but it was a numbers game with him and he didnt quite make it. I think he will be a damn good player for the Fish Fry boys. Good pick up. .

Lowndes25

September 17th, 2010
8:40 am

The interesting part about Milton’s pickup will be to see if it has any effect on whether Romar Morris will give GT another look now or not since the A-Back position is what Tech was recruiting Morris for…I would rather have Morris in the backfield and move Milton to DB than to have Milton in the backfield and no Morris. To me, Morris is a game-changer and someone that Tech really needs in their backfield.

rduck

September 17th, 2010
8:45 am

welcome to the Flats young man.. Looking forward to watching you perform on the big stage.

Rodney Dangerfield

September 17th, 2010
8:53 am

Romar Morris had his chance but he’d rather hitch his wagon to a team in the NCAA’s laser beams and has its own internal academic scandal.

Honest and Frank Discussion

September 17th, 2010
8:54 am

This guy is FFFFFFFAAASSSSTTT. Supposedly runs a 4.4-4.5. I think he’ll end up like a Bostic type – quick AB they can use as a slot receiver too. Don’t think he ends up playing DB with the depth we have, but you never know.

Sleeze

September 17th, 2010
8:56 am

rduck.. he’s not going to be on a big stage. he’s going to play for Tech, remember?

GT Sambo

September 17th, 2010
8:56 am

Lowndes25,
I’m with you on Romar Morris. I have seen video and seen his 40 time and he appears to be the real deal and exactly the kind of homerun guy we need a A-back. The way his recruiting played out, I think UNC told him just enough to get him in the door (given that UNC already had built in advantages such as location and friends attending). They initially told him that he wouldn’t be a RB and when GT made a hard push, they changed their tune. I still think Butch Davis bias is going to be for a larger RB as the feature back for a pro style so if I were Romar Morris I’d be worried about being pigeonholed as a “3rd down” back at UNC.

npgator

September 17th, 2010
8:57 am

If all those heights are accurate then they sure have a tall class so far!

BigDawgFan

September 17th, 2010
9:03 am

Congrats to Tech. It looks like a solid pick for you guys.

GT79

September 17th, 2010
9:14 am

Congratulations Chris – it is good to get these south Georgia boys at Tech. The football in south Ga is great and its also a loss for FSU and UF. Speed is a great thing! Now lets get some more big, fast stud offensive linemen.

Lowndes25

September 17th, 2010
9:19 am

GT Sambo, you are correct that most coaches will tell a recruit anything to get them on campus. That is why it is up to a recruit to make sure that they look at how the Head Coach has historically used RB’s in their offense…in Romar’s case I would go back and specifically research how Davis has used small backs, because, like you said, Davis typically likes bigger backs. I personally think Morris’ recruitment is far from over like Chip has said quite a few times on his blogs.

Rodney Dangerfield, I don’t think Morris had any idea that the investigation going on at UNC was going to blow-up like it has. It started out with the NCAA focusing entirely on Austin’s trip to Miami, but then the whole tutoring fiasco was uncovered and now UNC looks like they are going to face some serious sanctions from the NCAA before this is all over. UNC is close to home and they run a pro-style set, which is what Morris prefers to play in. However, I think he genuinely liked the campus and coaches at GT and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him open up his recruitment again.

Damon Evans

September 17th, 2010
9:25 am

Mega cocktails to my Yellow Jacket Friends.

Joshua For Heisman

September 17th, 2010
9:33 am

None of it matters if you can’t beat the likes of Kansas. Growing tired of CPJ’s act.

GT man

September 17th, 2010
9:45 am

I agree with you Joshua for Heisman. Al Groh was the worst choice PJ could have made. GT needed a younger coach to be able to be able to adapt with the younger kids. Still hope we can get the Romar kid. We keep losing these once so-close commited kids to the Stanfords and Notre Dames. Hopefully, just one 4 star will pick us.

New Gold

September 17th, 2010
9:46 am

Old Gold, the only joke by the coke is you

Lowndes25

September 17th, 2010
9:53 am

Gt man, Groh was the best hire that you guys could have made for the money that you were offering to pay a DC. Unfortunately, GT does not have the coffers that UGA and a number of other schools do, so CPJ had to make the biggest splash for his money. Groh is a very capable DC…he just needs time. Just like all of us fans at UGA are figuring out, a switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 does not happen over night…it is going to take a couple of recruiting classes to get the right people in (especially at DT).

DDPO

September 17th, 2010
10:00 am

Lowndes25 -

Great use of the word “coffers”

Well played.

RambleOn84

September 17th, 2010
10:07 am

Lowndes25,
Thank you. These fair weather GT fans (or UGA fans pretending to be, who really knows in an anonymous blogging environment?) need to calm down. We lost ONE GAME…yes, we should have won.

But in the end, the loss will not hurt us at all. It was not a conference game and we had not shot at the National Title Game even if we went undefeated this year…hopefully the loss will inspire this team to quit lollygagging and WRAP UP on the tackles.

The scheme didn’t get beat…the players who forgot how to tackle got beat.

GO JACKETS!!!

BULLOCHS TECH FAN

September 17th, 2010
10:09 am

TECH NEEDS D LINE MEN!!!!! WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO STOP ANYBODY!! DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR????

From a Georgia Bulldog

September 17th, 2010
10:11 am

Hey techers …………..I for once think that y’all landed a good player. here is why:

1.) They do play big boy ball in Charlton County.
2.) He has speed and that is always great.
3.) He is a Georgia bred young man …………..we both could use more local talent, vs going all the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to NJ to get a two year player with slightly above average speed or to Texas to get a selffish QB.

Good luck with him

Go Dogs.

juvenal

September 17th, 2010
10:13 am

no Techies in the nfl(wait 2 on the Saints, alone, 1 turned the super bowl around on special teams-same # as daugs, no 1 didn’t play & was cut…)-wonder if % of GT nfl players broke 2 years out of the nfl is anywhere close to the overall almost 80%…get an education, this is becoming decreasingly common in this land…

Honest and Frank Discussion

September 17th, 2010
10:14 am

Methinks Joshua for Heisman and GT man aren’t GT fans.

I don’t think anyone on the flats is “tired of CPJ’s act.” Lowndes25 is right, Groh is about the best we could do. He’s a better hire than uga’s d coordinator (or at least as good) and he cost less than 1/3 as much. He’s not going to be at GT for 10-20 years, but he’s a good coach w great experience and he knows his stuff.

We’ve also got multiple four stars according to Rivals and ESPN, just none on scout. I think 3 (Hunt-Days, Vad Lee, and IIRC Tremayne McNair). A real GT fan would know that.

No shame in losing recruits to Notre Dame or Stanford, either. Both are great academic institutions, Notre Dame has a tremendous tradition and a rabid fan base. Stanford is an up and coming program. You can’t go wrong with GT, ND, or Stanford. You can’t make a kid choose a school (if you actually care about the kid). They have to weigh everything and make a choice.

Burdell

September 17th, 2010
10:16 am

Waaaahhhh! Bunch of fair-weather Tech fans with an insufferable case of crybaby-itis. You can’t win them all. Don’t judge Kansas on their loss to FCS…judge them on their win against us.

You’re tired of CPJ’s act? The same man that won the first ACC title for Tech since Bobby Ross two decades ago before FSU even joined the league? Give me a break. Man up. The loss wasn’t pretty but our program is in better shape (w/ DRAD, CPJ and old man Groh) than it has been since the 50s.

Congrats to the Milton kid for pulling the trigger on his offer to play on The Flats.

GO JACKETS!!!!

GT Sambo

September 17th, 2010
10:17 am

Al Groh has already helped us get a couple athletes on campus that we wouldn’t otherwise have, Louis Young and Jeremiah Attachou. Pretty good work for a guy who was on campus for about a month before signing day. As far as what we are paying him, I hope everyone realizes that there is an agreement in place with UVA where they are pay him for the next three years, and the amount they pay him is reduced by his salary with GT. So yes GT is paying him a bare minimum (I think its $150K), but only becuase from both his standpoint and GTs standpoint, it would be stupid to pay him more because he wouldn’t get anymore money.

Glory Glory

September 17th, 2010
10:21 am

WHO??????????????

GT Sambo

September 17th, 2010
10:22 am

Oh and both Louis Young and Jeremiah Attachou have seen time on the field as true freshmen… not bad, I’d say.

GT Sambo

September 17th, 2010
10:24 am

Hey Glory Glory, keeping up with Mettenburger’s stats at the Kansas community college? That’s got to depress you as a UGA fan.

Lowndes25

September 17th, 2010
10:27 am

Honest and Frank Discussion, I never said that Groh was a better DC than Grantham b/c I don’t think he is (and I think most GT fans would agree with that)…my point was that CPJ was handicapped with who he could bring in and he hired the best DC that he could given the money that he had to play with. Give Groh some time and he should get your defense playing better. Remember, GT lost a lot of talent from last year’s team on both sides of the ball and it is showing. Nesbitt is going to have to settle down and make better throws to his receivers b/c he does not have D. Thomas to bail him out of his bad throws like he did in the past…please know that I am not trying to knock Nesbitt, I am just being honest. He hasn’t had to be extremely accurate on his passes the last few years b/c he knew that Thomas would catch pretty much everything thrown in his area. With the receivers that you guys have this year that is not the case. Hill is a very good receiver, but he does not possess the play-making ability that Thomas had. CPJ just needs to build Nesbitt’s confidence by having him complete a number of short and intermediate routes to his RBs/WRs and I think your offense will catch fire. JMHO

ryan

September 17th, 2010
10:29 am

He looked good wearing red and black good luck young man .

Gerald

September 17th, 2010
10:29 am

Chip:

Did you see where Scout.com finally got around to evaluating Shaq Mason? They gave him 3 stars. Which means that all of GT’s recruits this year have a 3 star rating according to Scout.com. This is shaping up to be their best recruiting class in years even if they don’t land the 4 star guys. (Rivals still hasn’t evaluated Mason, but they aren’t going to rate him lower than Scout.).

Chip Towers

September 17th, 2010
10:29 am

BjohnDawg: It should not have been linked that way. Because I was the Georgia beat writer for so long, whenever I write a new blog it defaults to the Georgia/SEC channels if I don’t designate it manually. Being I didn’t see Milton’s commitment until almost 2 a.m. this morning, I simply forgot to click Georgia Tech/ACC. It’s been rectified now, hopefully to your satisfaction.

RambleOn84

September 17th, 2010
10:29 am

Louis Young will be a stud…Attaochu should be really good as well.

One thing people are not noticing about last week is that our pass rush has definitely improved. The problem is Kansas ran that quick-fire spread and our rushers just couldn’t quite get there before the QB dumped off his 3- and 5-yard throws.

Against teams who play more traditional offensive sets with 5- and 7-step drops (like for instance UNC this weekend), we should get a lot more sacks and disrupt the passing game.