Milton Talks TCU Commitment
TCU added a huge commitment to their class on Saturday morning when they flipped Clinton (La.) Silliman Institute lineman Jozie Milton from South Carolina. A long time commit to the Gamecocks, Milton committed to the Frogs while in town for an official visit last week. Milton was already in the DFW area to participate in the Blue-Grey All-American game that was played Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. Milton enjoyed the experience of competing against college-bound players. “It was a blast seeing all of the D-1 athletes out there,” Milton said of the Blue-Grey game. “Everybody gave their best effort; there were huge hits on offense and defense. I enjoyed the thing we shared out there; we kind of built a family; I appreciated it from everybody.” Since he was already going to be in town for the All-Star game, Milton and his family figured it would be a great time to come a day early and take an official visit to TCU. From the moment he stepped on campus, Milton loved everything about the Frogs’ program. “I hung out with all of the players and they just took me under their wing and they instantly made me feel like part of the family,” he said. “I also loved the facilities; they were beautiful. The coaching staff was so positive. I just love everything about it.” Speaking of the coaches, there was plenty of shock and excitement when Milton gave them the good news that he wanted to be a Frog. The coaches’ reactions made him further realize how much the staff wanted him to be part of their program. “I think Coach (Rusty) Burns was more shocked and Coach (Gary) Patterson jumped in my lap; he made me feel like Santa Claus for a second; he was so excited,” Milton said. “That’s what I want to see when somebody gets a commitment; it makes me feel like I’m already part of the family.” The credit of landing Milton, who is rated as the No. 57 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com, goes to Burns. Milton said the coach never gave up in his pursuit to land him which meant a lot to the big lineman. “He was one of those guys that never gave up on a person and he saw something in me,” he said. “I’m just happy he focused on me and kept fighting for me.” Although he’s rated as a top defensive tackle, Milton will play center for TCU. It’s the same blueprint the Frogs used for current center Joey Hunt, who was a defensive tackle out of high school. Now, he’s an All-Big 12 center. Milton said the coaches have spoken to him about the similarities between him and Hunt. “They said next year I’m probably going to redshirt and they’re going to teach me all of the plays,” Milton said. “They actually said I remind them a lot of Joey because I’m not the tallest o-lineman but I have a lot of fight in me like Joey does. I hear Joey is a phenomenal center.” Milton is impressed with the Frogs’ results from the season and is looking forward to seeing their hard work on display against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. “They’ve had a good season; I can tell that they all fought for each other and that in my mind is what got them so far,” Milton said of TCU’s 11-1 season. “The coaches know how to work with their players and make them phenomenal athletes. I love that they’re going to the Peach Bowl; it’s going to be nice to see them play Ole Miss.”
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