Milan Raves About UMD Offer

Jamal Milan (Al Raby/Chicago, Ill.) is one of the fastest rising recruits in Chicago, and the 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle received one of his most significant offers to date in mid-May. University of Maryland assistant Chad Wilt, who last year was at Ball State, trekked through familiar stomping grounds last week and identified Milan as a surefire Terps target.

Jamal Milan (Al Raby/Chicago, Ill.) is one of the fastest rising recruits in Chicago, and the 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle received one of his most significant offers to date in mid-May. University of Maryland assistant Chad Wilt, who last year was at Ball State, trekked through familiar stomping grounds last week and identified Milan as a surefire Terps target.

"When I got the Maryland offer I actually fell in love with it," said Milan, who holds offers from UMD, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Syracuse and Western Michigan. "Coach Wilt was up here at my school, and I already have a connection with him. I was really hoping Maryland would offer, because I love what Coach Wilt was saying about the school when he messaged me on Facebook. So when my coach let me know the offer was on the table I was speechless. I loved it. I really did."

Milan couldn't stop raving about Maryland's new defensive line coach. He said Wilt has been in close contact via social media, and his message has resonated.

"Coach Wilt said I have a really high ceiling and how I can come in and be a game-changer at Maryland," Milan said. "He said he loves my motor and with a little work I can be one of the best D-linemen in the Big Ten. He was basically telling me how I could be ‘the man' there and just a huge presence that can help change the program.

"And when he was telling me all that, man, I felt like I was really ‘the man.' I felt like I could really make a difference and dominate there. Some coaches will give you high praise, but when Coach Wilt said that, man, I felt really good. It meant something."

The Illinois defensive tackle went on to describe Wilt as a person. Even though he didn't speak to him at the school, he said he could tell he was passionate about his job.

"Two words: Fired up," Milan said. "With Coach Wilt, he's the type of coach when he walks in he makes you pay attention. He commands attention. And when you actually get to talk to him, he tells it like it is. He's straightforward and honest, but he's always pumped up. I love it. He makes you want to go to Maryland."

Other than his conversations with Wilt, Milan doesn't know too much about the school yet. He has never been on the East Coast and has rarely left his home state. Even so, he's eager to visit College Park, Md., this summer.

"I definitely want to get out there. I'm highly interested in Maryland," Milan said. "Right now the Terps are in my top three or four and I'm giving them a long look."

Milan doesn't have a firm top three or four yet, but he said Michigan State, which hasn't offered but is in touch, is high on his list, as are Syracuse and Minnesota.

"MSU hasn't offered yet and I don't want to jump ahead, but they're right there for me. They said they'd offer, and I'm hoping they do since that's a great program with a great defense," Milan said. "Syracuse is up there because their coach is always in contact and has been out here to see me. He's very cool and I have a good connection there. And Minnesota, I'm getting to know them and they have a very good staff too. I like where their program is headed."

The Al Raby trenchman mentioned that he'd like to hear more from Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati. All three have been in touch and could be close to offering.

"Indiana is close by and I'd love to have an offer from them," said Milan, who believes IU and North Dakota State will verbal next. "Purdue is a program I know a lot about and I like them, so I hope they offer. And Cincinnati, they're in close contact and I like their staff. They have a nice program, so I'm looking for that offer too."

So far Milan has only visited Illinois and Western Michigan. He said WMU stands out because their staff has treated him well and has solid facilities. Illinois also left an impression with its coaches and the staff's message to him.

Next up for Milan is a trip through Ohio, where he'll take in Miami of Ohio, Western Michigan again, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati and Michigan State. After that, he and his coach will try their best to see College Park, Md., for the first time.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out to Maryland," Milan said. "I've heard plenty of good things and I'm probably going to get there in early summer or mid-summer.

"Then after [the UMD visit] I'd like to evaluate all my options and make my [college] decision at the end of the summer. I want to get [the recruiting process] over with before my senior year."

Milan is coming off a season where he recorded 60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbled and two recoveries.

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