Allow us to introduce you, perhaps again, to Mascoutah, IL WR Matt Milton.
"We graduated the two strongest guys on our team." Milton said. "I now am the highest bench press on the team. I can get 335 pounds up. I love to hit the weight room."
Usually quotes like that come out of the mouths of the bigger guys. Or the guys who hit the hardest on defense. But a 6'6", 215 pound WR? Whoa.
Matt ended the 2008 campaign for the Indians with 40 grabs for a total of 797 yards. That is a mind boggling 20 yards per catch. He also scored nine touchdowns. Meaning he averaged 20 yards a catch AND scored one of every five times the ball was thrown his way.
"I like to make plays." Matt said. "When the ball comes my way, I am going to go and get it. I am a good route runner. I am also very physical. It is tough to jam me at the line."
His high school coach, Scott Battas, played the same position at Northern Illinois University. So, he stresses the importance of being a physical yet precise route running wideout.
"He knows what it takes to succeed at the position." Milton stated. "He has been there. Coach tells me that to be at the next level, I have to excel at every part of the position. That's why I work in the weight room and outside of practice. To get to the next level."
As of now, Matt really does not have a top-5 list. He hopes to sit down with his parents soon and get that ironed out.
"We do not have a list right now." he said. "Playing time and being within five hours of my house are the big things I am looking for. A good communications program is another thing."
Missouri is one of the schools who have offered Milton, and they have a solid broadcasting school. "They will get a look for that alone." Matt says. "That is a big plus."
He also talks very highly of another school, and their coach.
"Iowa is a good school." Milton stated. "Coach Ferentz is one of the best in the business. He puts guys in the league (NFL). They will get strong consideration."
There is one more thing to add to the superlative list for Milton: stand-up guy.
"The quarterback takes the heat a lot." Milton says. "But, if the ball is thrown my way and I don't make the play - that is one me. I will take the heat for not making the play. That is what I should do."