Milburn Keeps Priorities in Order

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature one of Clear Springs' primary wide receivers in DeChe' Milburn. This is a TPI Premium article.

Even though Clear Springs wide receiver DeChe' Milburn had a stellar performance in the bi-district match up against Fort Bend Elkins last Saturday night, playing in the school's first ever postseason game, it seems as though he and the other Charger players are looking at a larger picture.

After a long, hard-fought battle, Clear Springs made some history, winning the contest 28-26 at Veterans Stadium in League City.

"My thoughts is that the senior class left a legacy for all the classes that come behind us and we trying to build a tradition at this new school," Milburn said. "We feel like all of the work we put in, showed in this game. We are good people and coach (Clint Hartman) said when you do good, good things happen to you."

And it was evident that many good things occurred, thus the Chargers came away with the win. Clear Springs ended the game with only 264 yards of offense and Milburn had a good hand in that.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Milburn had six receptions for 109 yards, which included a 45-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. On the touchdown catch, Milburn made his way in-and-out, through defenders that led to the score. 

Apparently, that level of play has been consistent all year and is taught during instruction.

"That's what we are taught. When the ball is in the air, it's ours," Milburn said. "We want to ball, especially when it's crunch time. With me and James (Cunningham), that's what we talk about. We want the ball and want to make plays for this team.

"Every time I touch the ball, I'm thinking touchdown. We are told by our coaches that every time we touch the ball to take it to the house."

That too has been a trait that Milburn has used for most of the season as well. On the year, Milburn has 56 catches for 1,014 yards and 11 touchdowns.

And with those kinds of numbers, that has attracted a number of college recruiters across the country. But with recruiting, Milburn is somewhat playing catch up after moving from the West to League City.

Even still, there are coaches catching up with him.

"UCLA calls me weekly and Colorado and Arizona calls my coach weekly," Milburn said. "There are a few others that are recruiting me as well."

From the last update, Milburn had a lone offer from Louisiana Tech. Since then, that is still the case.

"Louisiana Tech is still my only offer and we are trying to get my senior film out. Things have been busy preparing for playoffs," Milburn said. "I'll probably work it harder after the season because right now we are trying to win this state championship."

Because the LaTech team was first in line, that is the school most readily recognized as the top option for his services.

"With LaTech, I talk with them all the time. That's why they are my No. 1 right now," Milburn said. "They are the only ones to come through with an offer. Coach told me that Wyoming is also looking to offer this week or next."

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