State Evaulating Two-Sport Standout

Woodberry Forest (VA) standout Carson Milikin is committed to Virginia for lacrosse, but the 2012 prospect is keeping an open mind to what football options may open up.

Woodberry Forest School in Virginia is home to one of the state's top junior athletes in Carlson Milikin, a versatile prospect that has been keeping an eye on NC State.

Milikin is actually committed to play lacrosse for the University of Virginia, but he isn't 100-percent sure that he knows what he wants to do with his future just yet.

So why would a young man from Virginia, currently committed to play another sport at another school, have such an interest in the Wolfpack?

"I'm interested in them," Milikin told Pack Pride. "I haven't talked with anybody there directly but I know my coach, Clint Alexander, has talked to their secondary coach about me, trying to get me to visit sometime.

"I used to know Russell Wilson pretty well. He used to come to my house all the time and we would throw together. I live in Richmond and he went to Collegiate right across the street. I knew him pretty well. My roommate at Woodberry is a pretty big NC State fan and a lot of my friends are big NC State fans."

Milikin said he has not spoken to Wilson since he arrived at NC State but he had a good relationship with him. He has been happy to see him have so much success with the Pack and he has kept track of his progress over the years.

"I'm pretty sure he's got the number one passer rating in the ACC and I know he's a darn good baseball player," he said. "I think he got drafted so he's doing well for himself."

Only time will tell how interested the Pack's coaches are in Milikin, a 6-foot, 184-pound athlete. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds and has the potential to play wide receiver or cornerback as well as serve as a kick and punt returner in college. Milikin is finishing his highlight tape this week and will be sending that out to several schools, including NC State.

"I've been talking with coach (Torrian) Gray, the secondary coach from Virginia Tech," he said. "He invited me to the Virginia Tech-UVa game. I've also been talking to coach (John) Donovan at the University of Maryland. He invited me to their game against NC State, actually."

When Pack Pride caught up with Milikin he was in Gainesville, Florida. The previous night he had the opportunity to speak with assistant coach Brian White as the team was breaking from practice. White has kept in contact with Milikin since the young athlete attended Friday Night Lights at the school last summer.

"My granddad lives here and both my parents went to the University of Florida," Milikin explained. "I'm going to the Florida-Florida State game on Saturday."

In addition to being a quality football prospect, Milikin is also an elite lacrosse recruit. In fact, judging by his scholarship situation, it's probably safe to say he's one of the top lacrosse prospects that you will come across. He has received offers from Virginia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse to play that sport.

"Right now the lacrosse recruiting process is a year ahead of the football recruiting process. I went ahead and verbally committed to the University of Virginia for lacrosse but I still want to see what happens with football recruiting since it's a year later. I want to see where I could possibly go," he said.

Milikin wouldn't try to play two sports in college so he's going to have to choose between football and lacrosse. In spite of the fact that he has several prestigious offers for lacrosse, Milikin said football is the sport he has a longer history of playing and is somewhat of a first love.

"Football is what I've been passionate about my whole life but it really depends on what season I'm in," he said. "During lacrosse season I'm 100-percent focused on lacrosse. That's a decision (between football and lacrosse) I hope ti get to make."

The Virginia football coaches have not started recruiting Milikin as of yet.


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