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