New School, Same Duty for Milstead

Despite transferring across town to Washington (D.C.) Ballou High School, North Carolina commit Lamar Milstead is expected to pick up where he left off at Washington (D.C.) Coolidge – especially since most of his coaching staff made the move with him.

"There will be no change," said Ballou assistant coach Todd Amis. "He'll see the same reps as if he was still [at Coolidge]."

If anything, Milstead, a 6-foot-5 270-pounder, will see his role increase as a Knight.

"He brings a lot of senior leadership," said Amis. "He'll probably be a captain this year when we make those decisions this week."

Just like last season at Coolidge, Milstead will be a fixture on offense, while seeing time on defense.

"He'll be playing offensive tackle and then he'll also be playing some defensive tackle, also," said Amis. "He'll be starting on offense. He'll be one of our defensive tackles that we will rotate in."

Of course, Milstead's prominent position will be on the offensive line, where he specializes in pass protection.

"Lamar is an excellent pass blocker," said Amis. "He's very good against the run, as well. He's come a long way from how he played as a freshman. He's a very smart kid and a good football player."

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.

In July, Milstead verbally committed to North Carolina over scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, N.C. State, Temple, and Virginia.

Ballou, which opens the season Friday against Parkersburg (W.V.) South, has also received Coolidge transfers in highly touted defensive tackle Marvin Austin and defensive end Romale Tucker.

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