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Emerging Florida QB Joe Milton, fresh off of a Michigan offer, has unique tie to Jim Harbaugh

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Joe Milton has turned heads with his performances over the last two weekends and his latest offer provides a family connection as well.

Orlando (Fla.) Olympia three-star quarterback Joe Milton doesn't reveal much about the schools pursuing his verbal commitment and eventual signature, but it hasn't slowed other programs from jumping on board with scholarship offers in the process.

Michigan is the dual-threat talent's latest extension and it turns out he has a family connection to the program via its head coach.

"Jim Harbaugh taught my cousin in the NFL for the 49ers, Anquan Boldin," he said. "My cousin talked to me and said Harbaugh is a great person, he does the right thing at all times. It's great, I know someone who has all that under their belt, for them to tell me that is great. He stays focused and always leads his team the right way. 

"Great coaching staff, James Harbaugh is a great coach. Talked to me a lot. Pep Hamilton has been honest with me so far, so I like the coaching staff."

The connection to UM is clear, but Milton says he has no upcoming visit plans -- to Ann Arbor or otherwise -- at this time. 

"It doesn't give nobody an edge, I'm still open," he said. "I don't know if I'm visiting or not, but I'm keeping my options open."

Florida, which hasn't yet offered, has been called the rising senior's "dream school," but even an offer from the Gators wouldn't slow the process. There is no rush to make a verbal pledge compared to most signal-callers, who seem to flock to their respective schools in the summer prior to their senior season.

Not Milton. 

"Maybe at the end of my senior season," he said in regards to a potential decision timetable.

As for what will be most important in a decision, the quiet prospect was very clear.

"Communication," Milton said. "The right communication is key."

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