Orlando Dr. Phillips safety Matt Milano is one of the recruits that the Wildcats are pursuing in order to rebuild the program. He is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete that seems to be in the right place at the right time to make impressive plays.
"In my game tape, a lot of schools are seeing me make big tackles," Milano said. "My biggest strength is just making plays. I'm a play maker. Put me on the field and I'll make a play for you."
Being a play maker is one reason that the Arizona football coaches offered Milano a scholarship a few days ago. The offer is his fourth, following Furman, Stony Brook, and Air Force. Milano also says that a few other schools are interested in him.
"(Arizona) is definitely on the top of my list," he said. "Rutgers, UConn, Boston College and Michigan State are other top schools that haven't offered yet."
Most of the schools that Milano has had contact with are in the east, but he says that location isn't a factor. He is looking for a school that will give him a good education and allow him to feel comfortable for four years.
Arizona is a school that already stands out to Milano because he has already visited the Arizona desert. Milano was a participant in the Semper Fidelis combine earlier this year and got to take a look at the University of Arizona from a distance.
"I didn't get to go around the school," Milano said. "I really liked the atmosphere. Everything around Arizona is clean. It's not a dirty city or anything. Plus, the people are really nice there."
The Wildcats are also getting some extra recruiting from Milano's former teammate and current Arizona Wildcat, Trey Griffey.
"Trey Griffey is up there right now and he told me that he's really liking it and I should come over," he said. "Before he left, he was wearing all the Arizona stuff. It was pretty nice."
Milano couldn't speak to Arizona coaches during the current dead period, but was surprised when he heard from his football coach that Arizona had offered him a scholarship.
Secondary Coach David Lockwood was the one to make the offer and the timing stunned Milano, who had no idea that the Wildcats were recruiting him.
"(Lockwood) saw how I played and I guess he really liked me because he offered me to go there," he said. "I was kind of surprised because they didn't seem that hot on me. I thought they were just any other school coming down here looking for kids. They actually offered and I'm glad they did."
He plans on visiting some time this summer and is currently planning on making the trip to Tucson at the end of July.
"I'm really excited about the offer," Milano said. "It means a lot. It's one of the biggest offers I've gotten. I can't wait to get up there to meet the coaches, check out the facilities, and talk to the players."