Milan Excited For Terps Official, Updates Status

In about a month, during the weekend when Maryland takes on Michigan State in College Park, Md., Nov. 15, the Terps will host two of their top defensive line priorities in Al Raby’s (Chicago, Ill.) Jamal Milan and Lake Forest Academy’s (Lake Forest, Ill.) Wes Annan.

In about a month, during the weekend when Maryland takes on Michigan State in College Park, Md., Nov. 15, the Terps will host two of their top defensive line priorities in Al Raby’s (Chicago, Ill.) Jamal Milan and Lake Forest Academy’s (Lake Forest, Ill.) Wes Annan. UMD assistant and Illinois/Indiana area recruiter Chad Wilt made his way out to the Midwest during Maryland’s bye week, and while neither Milan nor Annan could speak to him per NCAA rules, each did confirm they’ll be trekking to College Park in mid-November.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Milan said it was great to see Wilt in person again for the first time since the May evaluation period.

“I was excited to see Coach Wilt for sure. We have a terrific relationship and we’re really close. We talk online all the time, and I love his energy. I think I can learn a lot about my position from him – he’s the type of coach I want to play for,” said Milan, who holds offers from the likes of UMD, Syracuse, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Indiana and others. “We didn’t really talk [Oct. 10], but my coach [at Al Raby] was telling me how [Wilt] was concerned about my illness and wanted to make sure I was doing well. That meant a lot to me, that he was checking up on me like that, and that he made the trip out here.

“Then he talked to my coach about my official and getting all that squared away. I’m really excited to see Maryland and the environment down there, and if it feels like home. It’s a school I’m looking at for sure.”

Milan previously expressed interest in visiting College Park during the summer, but due to financial constraints he wasn’t able to make it out. Nov. 14-16 will be his first time on the East Coast, and while he might ultimately prefer staying closer to home, the Al Raby product is keeping an open mind.

“There’s a lot that Maryland has going for it. It’s great academics, it’s in the Big Ten, and they just beat two schools on my list that have offered [Syracuse and Indiana],” Milan said. “That [beating SU and IU] and my relationship with Coach Wilt, that’s catching my eye about Maryland. I know Maryland can win in that conference -- they’ve already started to do that – and if I went there I know I’d be on a team that could contend.”

The Terps have caught Milan’s eye, but they are one of several. He said Iowa State, which he took his first official visit to recently, remains a favorite, while Illinois, Syracuse, Indiana, Minnesota and North Carolina (no offer yet) pop out as well. He is set to unofficially visit Indiana for a game soon, and he’ll take an official to UNC in the first week of December (he hopes to land the offer then). Milan may take more officials after that, but he hasn’t scheduled them yet.

“Right now I’d say Iowa State, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Syracuse are really pushing for me,” said Milan, who has previously seen SU, Illinois, Indiana and ISU. “Those coaches are in touch the most, and they really want me on campus. But we’ll see what happens after I take some of these officials and see a few more places. Recruiting has been pretty crazy; there’s all these coaches contacting me and my family.”

Milan would like to have his college selected by the end of his senior season, though he acknowledged he may have to push that date back if he needs to schedule more campus trips. He said he is in no rush to make a decision, and mainly just wants to get back on the field after missing a few games with the aforementioned illness.

“It’s been real hard being out, not being able to support my teammates,” he said. “But I’m excited to get out there and contribute again, and to help my team win. I want to finish this year strong, on both sides of the ball.”

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