Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
High School: Cardinal Gibbons High School
Position: Tight End/Defensive End
Notes: Raleigh (NC) Cardinal Gibbons standout 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 in 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.
He performed very well at the Apex Shrine Bowl Combine held in late April. Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, Milner ran impressive 40's of 4.61 and 4.7-seconds. His vertical jump of 29 inches and 23 reps on the bench press were solid as well, and he also posted a 4.5-second pro shuttle.
Despite the gaudy stats and measurables, Milner has earned just one offer thur far, as East Carolina mailed an offer recently. However, he is entertaining steady interest from schools like NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Notre Dame, East Carolina, Colorado, Clemson and Duke.
Size is likely going to be a concern for the tight end position in college, but he does appear to have the frame to get up in the 250-260 range. Because he was used mainly as a blocker, teams will likely want to view him catching the ball at camps this summer. One of those teams appears to be NC State.
"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."
Milner does not currently have any top schools and remains open. He plans on camping at NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and possibly Virginia and Boston College.
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