June 18, 2012
Milano is one to watch
This past weekend Matt Milano of Dr. Phillips High School stopped into East Lansing to attend Michigan State's 1-Day Camp. By the time the camp was over he had put himself solidly in the mix to receive a Spartan scholarship offer. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-1, 202-pound prospect and got the latest.
The Spartan camp was loaded with defensive back talent on Saturday with players like Darian Hicks, Jalyn Powell, Isaiah Gourdine, Aregeros Turner, Jameer Thurman and Mycial Allen all taking part in the drills. By the end of the day, Milano has not only established that he was in the same company, but outperformed most.
Where Milano really excelled was showing his all-around athletic. Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt commented on Milano:
"Leading the group was Milano, a three-star who came all the way up from Orlando to work out for the Spartans coaches. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Milano is a well-put-together kid who will definitely play the safety spot in college, but when he was asked to come down and check wide receivers 1-on-1 in man coverage, he showed the fluidity and speed to hang with the best."
This was not the first time that Milano has impressed people with his athletic ability. Earlier this year he attended a NIKE Combine which had over 1400 participants. Milano scored 105.51 SPARQ rating which was one of the top 5 scores of the entire event. At Michigan State he showed his explosiveness by running a 4.54 40-yard dash and broad jumping over 10-feet.
SpartanMag.com spoke with Milano about his time in East Lansing.
"We arrived on Thursday night and then on Friday I was able to tour the campus and see everything. I really liked everything I really like the facilities; the weight room is one of the biggest I have ever seen. It is a real nice college town. I think it would be a great fit for me."
The trip to Michigan State was not Milano's first college visit. He has already taken trips to Boston College and UConn and will be heading to Rutgers this coming weekend. An offer from Rutgers is highly possible. Milano already has scholarship offers from Boston College, Arizona, Air Force, Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio and Stony Brook.
Milano informed us that Coach Brad Salem initiated the contact with him, but it is Coach Pat Narduzzi that is handling the majority of his recruitment at this point. Based on our observations it was obvious that Coach Narduzzi liked what he saw from Milano on Saturday. On numerous occasions Coach Narduzzi offered praise to Milano for his performance, especially in the 7v7 portion of camp. We asked Milano about the possibility of receiving a Michigan State offer.
"Coach Narduzzi said they would be getting back in touch with me by the end of the week to let me know where I stand," Milano said. "I do not want to put list out there or anything, but let's just say that Michigan State would definitely be one of my top choices."
Dr. Philips High School is a talent producing factory and Milano had to bide his time a bit before he got his chance to shine last fall. 2 year ago Milano sat behind Alabama commitment Hasean Clinton-Dix who was the #1 safety in the nation and Pittsburg commitment Roderick Ryles who was a Florida top 100 recruit. This year Milano will share the secondary with 4-star recruit Marcel Harris who is rated the #6 safety in the nation and the #54 player overall. Milano and Harris will certainly form the best safety combination in the nation this year.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Milano in the coming days. Watching him play on Saturday we were reminded of a safety that Mark Dantonio recruited back when he was at Cincinnati, Haruki Nakamura. Nakamura, who has been in the NFL the last 5-years, was a good athlete, but an even better football player. That is the case with Milano and it could land him a Michigan State scholarship offer in the coming days.
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