The Baylor Bears and head coach Matt Rhule have identified a type for their program, especially in the defensive backfield. They like speed, speed, and then more speed. Rhule and defensive backs coach, Fran Brown, continued to build on that with the commitment of three-star Clear Brook High School athlete Mark Milton.
One of the best 200-meter runners in the state, Milton combines that elite speed with a 6-foot-1 frame. Primarily a wide receiver and running back for the Wolverines, Milton is looking forward to working with Coach Brown at his new position.
"Coach Fran made me feel like Baylor was already home. He made me feel like I belonged there and his class and character were somethings I liked about my future coach" said Milton.
The Bears offered Milton in March, becoming the first power-5 school to extend an offer. At his first visit to Waco, TX and the Baylor campus was when he first got that feeling that this is home.
"Basically ever since I came back from that first visit to Baylor, in the back of my head I knew this day would come." It was the academics and coaching staff that stood out to Milton.
"Academically, the school is great. Now the coaches were just the icing on the cake. They all have a great love for the game and made it feel like home."
After returning home from his visit, it was family and prayer that pushed up his commitment, informing coach Matt Rhule last night of his intentions for Sunday morning.
"After praying on it and talking with my family for weeks, I know I am making the best decision for me. I feel like it is what God has in plan for my life, so it feels good."
At 6-foot-1, and with 22.5 200-meter dash, Milton will have to make the transition to the defensive side of the ball with the help of Coach Brown. A "quick learner", Milton is excited to get to work with Coach Fran to "take apart my weaknesses and make them strengths".
Milton is the first defensive player to pledge to the Bears, joining offensive linemen Casey Phillips, Jackson Kimble, and Ylijaah Hall along with wide receiver Tyquan Thornton and wide receiver/running back/athlete Josh Fleeks.
2016 Stats: 30 receptions, 412 yards, 6 touchdowns, 71 carries for 487 yards and 5 touchdowns
A long-strider with excellent speed, Milton plays wide receiver/running back for the Clear Brook Wolverines. Primarily a deep threat for the Wolverines, he shows excellent recovery speed at the defensive back position. Played on kickoff coverage/punt return coverage as well, and showed to be an able tackler in the open-field. Played running back and wildcat quarterback as well. - Tim Watkins