BYU jumped early when they offered Clovis, CA athlete Kendall Milton. How early? BYU offered at the beginning of 2016 and Milton is in the 2020 recruiting class. When Milton was offered he was in the 8th grade.
As a BYU fan I would be excited that BYU is out in front offering these kids. To me it shows the coaches are doing their work to find the best athletes and doing a what they can to get an edge. That edge would be showing them the love early when no one else is. They may not all end up at BYU, but they will remember their first offer and they will remember that BYU took a chance on them when it wasn’t popular.
Milton shares with Total Blue Sports what his thoughts are on BYU being the first to pull the trigger.
“Honestly I am humbled by it. Every athlete cannot wait until that first phone call when they get an offer from a major college. I feel that I am really blessed because my first phone call happened when I was 13 years old. I have a lot of football left in front of me so I don't know what signing day of 2020 looks like. But one thing that I know is that I will never forget who wanted me first.”
Milton was the first prospect BYU offered as part of the 2020 class, but not the only one. BYU has also offered Lavon Bunkley-Shelton, Jason Eaton, and JL Lavea. From day one, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake has stressed the importance of recruiting. His staff is busy scouring the nation for these prospects. Bunkley-Shelton is from Southern California, Milton from Northern California, Eaton from Tennessee and Lavea is in BYU’s backyard at Orem High School.
“I usually do not get a lot of time to watch college games on Saturday since I practice Saturday mornings and my big brother plays for Fresno State so I am usually supporting him” Milton explained. “But ever since I got the offer I have noticed that they have recruited some big-name athletes and are growing their program. I've also noticed that the athletes and communities really respect the coaching staff that is there. Anytime I watch football I do imagine myself being out there but I also watch the athletes that are in my position and how they carry themselves with their on the field attitudes.”
There will come a time where Milton will come to BYU and be able to visit the campus and meet the coaches. For now, BYU fans should keep a close eye on Milton from afar. This a rare chance that BYU fans could watch a recruit from the beginning of his high school career all the way to the end of his college career.
BYU is currently the lone offer that Milton holds but he is starting to see recruiting interest pick up and offers will begin filtering in over the coming months and years.