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Joe Milton says his 'heart dropped' after he picked up his offer from the Gators

Joe Milton added yet another offer on Tuesday, after Florida was the latest school to extend a scholarship to the Olympia High School quarterback. Milton discusses what the offer means to him and whats next with Scout.

Joe Milton received some unexpected news on his visit to Florida. The Gators decided to pull the trigger and offer the Olympia quarterback, something that Milton did not expect for a few more days. 

"My heart dropped," said the 2018 signal caller. "I was so surprised. I thought I was going to receive it Friday and not today [Tuesday], because I go up on Friday." 

The UF staff made the offer on Tuesday after Milton made the trip to Gainesville for a visit. 

"On this visit I went around the academic part of the school, the new study hall that opened up for the players only," he explained. "I watched the practice, their third practice in spring, and I met all the coaches." 

Milton spent a lot of time with three of Florida's offensive coaches, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider, and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon, as well as head coach Jim McElwain.

The coaches message was to "stay humble, keep up with my grind, and always do the right thing," said Milton. "All four told me to dream tonight about what I look like in orange and blue." 

The message clear, they want Milton as a Gator. Although Milton did enjoy speaking with each coach, the time spent watching the coaches in action during practice was just as educational. 

"Their coaching styles were awesome. There were a couple of things that I saw that I haven't seen other coaches do, but I still haven't visited a lot of schools, so I look forward to seeing what other coaches do, but what Florida did today was awesome.

"The communication between players and coaches [stood out]," he added.  "They had great communication. They talk a lot."

Milton was able to see how McElwain and Nussmeier develop young talent, as redshirt-freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask took plenty of snaps under center. 

"I see that he treats them the same, even though they red-shirted," he said. "They have a lot to learn and they learn something everyday. I say they are going to be on the right path." 

Florida is not Milton's only suitor, however. Milton has 23 other schools vying for the signal caller including: Michigan, Miami, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Arizona and Louisville. 

"All my offers are neutral. Nobody is in the lead. I am keeping things under control until I can narrow things down and make my decision. Thats coming soon." 

How soon is his decision coming? According to Milton, he hopes to have one before the summer. 

"I want to see what school I really like and where I really fit in at."

In order for Milton to make an educated decision, he plans to visit each school that has offered at least once. At this time a few schools that he wants to visit that he has not are: Michigan, Tennessee, Arizona and Missouri. 

Michigan, Tennessee, Arizona and Missouri are just some of the schools he wants to visit. But these visits are not about "impressing" him, he says. It's about finding a place he fits. 

It's about "How the communication goes; how do they think of me as a player. I just want all the coaches to be honest with me." 

Milton's next visit is to Florida on Friday. 

"I wasn't planning on going back but we have a tournament in Georgia and we are planning to stop by Florida, Georgia and Georgia State." 

When asked if he was going to follow the Gators coaches' advice and dream in orange and blue, Milton laughed and said, "yes" he was going to dream in orange and blue Tuesday night. 


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