After almost a month since Kendall Milton announced a date for his decision, a public commitment has finally been made. He will be playing football at The University of Georgia.
Milton, ranked as a 5-star running back by the 247 composite rankings, picked Georgia over LSU, Alabama, and Ohio State. He officially visited each school in his top four earlier this summer.
Milton told 247sports, "I like their tradition for not only producing great running backs in college but then getting those guys out to the NFL and having a lot of success there. Dell McGee is a great RB coach and his resume speaks for itself. He’s known as one of the best RB coaches around and we have a great relationship. I want to go where I can get developed and I know that would be a great fit."
He'll become "the next big thing" in a program that is notorious for developing running backs. Georgia currently has four former running backs on NFL rosters. They'll be looking to make that number grow soon in 2020 with D'Andre Swift and Brian Herrien.
So, why would an elite running back join an already impressive backfield? It's a very smart decision that has long-term benefits. Milton will join Zamir White, James Cook, and Kenny McIntosh next season (assuming that D'Andre Swift declares for the draft). Milton will have the biggest frame out of that group. Should he handle his business, he could be the 2nd-best option at running back. At a minimum, Milton and Cook could be a 2A and 2B option.
After the 2020 season, Milton should be in the best position to take over as the primary back. Between splitting carries with other backs and running behind a talented offensive line, Milton will have plenty of miles left on him when he makes it to the NFL.
The 230-pound running back is looking for another back to split carries with at Georgia. He's already approved of the in-state product, Tank Bigsby. We'll find out who Milton gets paired with soon. But while we wait, Georgia fans should celebrate the landing of another five-star running back.