Fresno State adds Fresno City cornerback Ka'Lonn Milton

Ka'Lonn Milton discusses his moves from Buchanan High School, to Fresno City College and now to Fresno State as a preferred walk-on.

Fresno State has added another late, local prospect for the 2016 season in Fresno City College cornerback Ka'Lonn Milton.

Milton graduated from Buchanan in 2013, grayshirted in 2014 and played his freshman season at FCC in 2015. He had another year of junior college eligibility, but had different plans - and he found a fit, just in time, at Fresno State.

“Coming out of high school my plan was to go one year in junior college and see what was on the table,” Milton said. “Sometimes this recruiting stuff is a little slow, but when Fresno State started showing interest and they were right here at home I felt like it was perfect timing.

“The main reason I wanted to go there was because I love the way the coaching staff is and I like the new coaches coming in,” Milton added. “I like what they're about. Another reason is because it's close to home so my family can come see me play every home game. I thought that would be pretty cool. I also like the facilities and I like the school."

The classroom also sold Milton on Fresno State. He plans to major in criminology.

"They are good in that department," Milton said. "I'm a student first and an athlete second so the schooling part was very important.”

Milton came out of high school as a 5-foot-9 17-year-old, but by the time his grayshirt season ended he hit a growth spurt all the way to 6-feet-tall, he said.

“If I would have played that first year I would have been playing against men,” Milton said. “That grayshirt year gave me time to mature in my game and get hungrier about the game.”

His freshman season and only year playing at FCC went “great,” Milton said. “I started every game at corner. I had a big year I had a lot of break ups, I had to a lot of tackles. I got an interception and a big game against San Francisco State one of our big rivals…  that was big for me. Overall I had a good year and good film.”

Milton’s recruitment with Fresno State first started when Ricky Manning made the move from Fresno City Defensive Backs Coach to Fresno State Graduate Assistant. The Bulldogs’ staff started looking at Milton, but his recruitment ramped up due to a connection with one of the team’s new coaches, Burl Toler. After Toler and the staff saw Milton first-hand, they offered him a preferred walk-on opportunity and Milton accepted. He had also drawn interest from Wyoming, Montana and Southern Utah.

Now Milton will join the Bulldogs this fall and is locked in on making an immediate contribution.

“I see myself as a pretty big corner so I'm good at pressing, on and off the ball,” Milton said. “I'm good at playing seven yards off. I'm a good cover corner and I think I'll bring that to the team. I can play good In the zone. I can tackle, I can come up and make a hit. I'll bring some pretty good talent to the team.”

As a local prospect, Milton did catch on to Fresno State football later on in his childhood. Milton said he moved to the Central Valley from the San Francisco Bay Area when he was in fourth grade, and started paying attention to the 'Dogs in middle school.

“When I started playing football in junior high and looking at colleges we started to go to the Fresno State games and tailgating,” Milton said. “That's when Ryan Mathews was there so I kind of grew up watching Fresno State games.”

Now that Milton will be attending college just about five miles away from his high school, he is looking forward to playing in front of his family - a family that includes rising star Kendall Milton. Milton will be a freshman at Buchanan this upcoming year and is already getting interest from Fresno State.

“He's going to be big in the valley he's going to be something special,” Ka’Lonn Milton said of his younger brother. “Wherever God leads him to, that's where I want him to go. If he does end up following my footsteps at Fresno State that would be cool, but ultimately it's his decision where he wants to spend his four years in college.”

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