Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, NC) tight end Matt Milner turned quite a few heads last year when he came away with overall MVP honors at the National Underclassmen Combine held in Ohio. Milner, measured at 6-3, 218 pounds, recorded a 4.85-second 40-yard dash, 31.5-inch vertical jump and 4.56-second pro shuttle. He was one of the top performers in drills and lauded as one of the best athletes to ever attend the underclassman combine.
As a junior, Milner hauled in 11 passes for 160 yards and one score while being used primarily as a blocker. On defense he tallied 105 tackles, 11 sacks and one interception en route to all-conference honors.
Despite the gaudy stats, Milner is still working for his first scholarship offer. However, he is entertaining steady interest from schools like NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Notre Dame, East Carolina, Colorado, Clemson and Duke.
Milner originally considered himself a future defensive end in college but said he thinks his future may lie on the offensive side of the line after a recent visit to NC State for junior day.
“I’ve always thought the colleges looked at me more as a defensive end but after talking to coach Bridge at State, he said they didn’t have as much film on me receiving the ball and I didn’t do it that much but they had some of me blocking,” said Milner. So it made me think that maybe they’re looking at me more for playing tight end. Coach Bible, he’s my recruiting coach and he told me to go with either the D-line or tight ends when we broke up into position meetings so I think it’s still open.”
Playing his high school football just a few hundred yards away from Carter-Finley Stadium, Milner is quite familiar with the Wolfpack program. However, his recent trip to NC State was a great opportunity to see the program up close and Milner came away impressed with what he saw.
“I really like the coaches that are there,” he said. “I really got a good feeling about all of them. They all seem really into it. They all recognized me and I talked to all of them and I think they’re pretty good guys.
“I like the program. The campus seems spread out but that’s not a bad thing, I just haven’t experienced and don’t know what it’s like. Coach Bible said the next step is they want me to come to camp and see me run around and see what I’m like.”
The camp and combine circuit will be important for Milner as he continues his pursuit of some division one offers. He has settled on a solid camp schedule for the summer but has several programs he hopes to visits.
“I’m not completely sure where I’m going to go because I have to see what my schedule is like,” he said. “I know I’ll probably hit NC State because it’s right across the street from Cardinal Gibbons. I’d also like to go to Wake Forest, Boston College and maybe Notre Dame.”
Milner does not currently have any top schools and remains open.