Milstead Discusses His UNC Commitment

For Lamar Milstead, the decision to verbally commit to North Carolina was inevitable. The three-star offensive lineman just needed to show the program to his parents before he could give head coach John Bunting his pledge.

"It was a long time coming, but I knew I was going to commit a long time ago, I just wanted my mother to see the school," Milstead said on Monday morning. "It wasn't planned. I know it was where I wanted to go to, I just wanted my parents to take it in."

Milstead, a 6-foot-5 270-pounder, also sported scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, N.C. State, Temple, and Virginia. However, UNC's combination of academics, environment, and people sealed the deal for the Tar Heels.

"It's a great school, I like the atmosphere, [and] I love the coaching staff," said Milstead. "Coach Bunting, Coach [Mark] Weber, and Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, they're all great coaches. The people are great down there, too."

Friday, Milstead arrived in Chapel Hill and didn't leave until Sunday afternoon. During his visit, he attended all three sessions of the Tar Heels' individual rising senior camp where he got to work in-depth with offensive line coach Mark Weber.

"He did a lot of things different from what my coaches do, so it was a bit difficult to pick up at first," said Milstead. "But, you know, it was good. I learned a lot.

"He did say I need to work on my lateral moment. He said I have explosion because of my numbers in my [40-yard dash] and vertical [jump]. He did give me some drills to work on, so I'll be working on that during practice this afternoon."

During one of the one-on-one pass rusher sessions, Milstead was actually moved to the opposite side of the ball.

"[Coach Danny Pearman] wanted me to try a little defense, so I did," said Milstead. "I play defense on my high school team, so it's nothing new. I just had a few runs at it during the one-on-ones. They were kind of shorthanded and I guess they wanted to see me on defense."

Regardless, Milstead is being recruited exclusively as an offensive tackle.

After camp concluded, Milstead spent Saturday night with his teammates soaking in the campus atmosphere.

"There were a couple of my teammates down there with me, so we kind of walked around the campus at night," said Milstead. "Just walk around talking; just enjoy myself – just getting the feel for the campus really. We just walked around aimlessly."

Milstead was rejoined by his parents Sunday morning and the trio toured the campus and talked with Weber. Then the Milsteads thought it was time to pull the trigger.

"We went to lunch with Coach Thipgen and I told him [that I wanted to commit]," said Milstead. "He said if I want to do that I have to talk to Coach Bunting. We were going to meet with him either way.

"Me and my parents were sitting with Coach Bunting and his wife. I told him ‘I've seen North Carolina and me and my parents both decided if North Carolina is an option, I'd love to go there.'

"He said ‘That's great.' He gave me a hug, his wife gave me a hug, and he and his wife gave my parents a hug."

With his recruitment out of the way, Milstead now focuses on his senior season. This week, he will finalize the paperwork and complete his transfer to Washington (D.C.) Ballou from Washington (D.C.) Coolidge.

According to Milstead, if everything shakes out, one of his teammates could join him on the Tar Heels' commitment list.

"Coach Thig said that he thinks they are going to offer [Romale Tucker]," said Milstead. "[Tucker] said if they offer he'll probably commit. I was like ‘If I'm going there and you're going there, that will be great.'"

As a junior, Milstead received all-league honors, anchoring an offensive line that helped Coolidge to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Capitol area championship game.

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