Time to add freshman running back Kendall Milton to that growing list of prospects from the 559 who are now on the Bulldogs’ recruiting board, as the local university emerged as offer No. 2 for the Class of 2020 star out of Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan High.
Milton’s offer came when he was participating in the 2017 International Bowl with Team USA in Arlington (Tex.), which was during the week of Jan. 16. The scholarship offer from the ‘Dogs has left Milton enticed about what the nearby university is trying to build with new head coach Jeff Tedford.
“It feels amazing to know that our local team is finally starting to recruit in their own backyard,” Milton told Scout. “Fresno State, in the past, has let some star players slip out. But I feel like this coaching staff will build something special.”
New running backs coach Jaime Christian extended the scholarship offer to Milton, the running back said. He rushed for 478 yards and scored six touchdowns during his first taste of the varsity level with the Bears. Milton added depth and more power to a Buchanan running attack in his eight games of action, as the Bears finished 7-5 overall under former Cal and Indianapolis Colts safety Matt Giordano.
His mother and father weren’t the only ones who were over the moon about Fresno State offering Milton. So was his older brother Ka’Lonn, who currently plays defensive back for the ‘Dogs.
“While it was happening, I was actually talking to my brother and my dad and they were both pretty pumped about it. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to keep working so I can add more (offers),” Milton said.
Milton added that he hasn’t had much interactions with the former UNLV assistant Christian, but “he sounded like he knew what he wanted and he is dedicated to getting where he needs to be.”
Milton is one of three C/O 2020 players who hold a Fresno State offer, with wide receiver Johnny Wilson of Calabasas (Calif.) and quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava of Kahuku, HI., being the others.
Lastly, Milton has closely observed FS’s recruiting plan under Tedford, which intrigues the rising 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect.
“I 100% support Fresno State on what they are trying to build,” Milton said. “They have gotten a handful of in-state recruits, so I trust that the coaching staff knows what they're doing and I see Fresno becoming a college top-25 football team in the next few years.”