Milton Set to Visit

During a routine visit to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, UNC assistant coach Ken Browning discovered Derrick Milton, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound tailback.

"[Browning] really liked what he saw," Milton said. "So we took it from there. He sat down and talked to me and told me he liked me a lot [and] I have all the tools to be a successful running back at North Carolina."

After that conversation, Milton looked into UNC.

"Their running back situation is nice – they're losing three running backs – so that just gave me a bigger interest," Milton said. "They have a great coach there [and] experience with the NFL. I feel like I can go there and earn early playing time as a freshman. Plus, earn a degree from a great academic school."

From there, Milton and Browning scheduled an official visit for the weekend of Jan. 14.

Milton will also officially visit Mississippi State the weekend of Jan. 21 and Tennessee the weekend of Jan. 28.

"Right now those schools are my three top picks," Milton said. "Those are great programs. They're all building great programs. All of them are great academically. And I'll have an opportunity to play as a freshman at all three."

Heading into his official visit schedule, Milton says he likes all three schools equally. However, he admits a soft spot for Mississippi State, since its staff offered his first scholarship.

"[Mississippi State] has been after me the longest," Milton said. "I have a stronger connection with them."

Although much more recent, UNC and Tennessee have also offered Milton. Furthermore, at this point, UNC's offer is of the verbal variety.

"[The UNC offer] is going to be official when I go down there on my visit," Milton said. "When I talk to Butch Davis, it's going to be official."

Shortly following the three aforementioned trips, Milton plans on making his collegiate decision.

"My visits are going to be very important [to my recruitment]," Milton said. "I'm looking for where I could picture myself being at for the next three or four years, four or five years; is it the type of environment that I want to be in; do I get along with the coaches, have a strong connection with the coaches, [and] do I feel like they've been trustworthy towards me; [and] how I get along with the players that are already there [and] what they tell me about the school."

After failing to qualify out of Pineville (La.) High, Milton decided to prep at Hargrave. In May, he will graduate from Hargrave – fully qualified.

Hargrave, which went undefeated this season, employs a running back by committee philosophy. Milton was the featured ‘back, rushing for 740 yards and ten touchdowns on 43 carries in seven games.

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