As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.
Milton gets called up
The event that put Joe Milton on the map has paid off in spades a month later.
The 6-foot-5, 222-pound quarterback competed in the Orlando regional for The Opening on Feb. 19, hoping to punch his ticket to the Elite 11. Milton was the camp’s top passer until the final round, when he threw an interception and missed out on MVP honors, which went to Penn State QB commit Justin Fields along with an Elite 11 invite.
But Milton still made his mark at the regional and his recruitment exploded as a result. He earned a 4-star rating from multiple sites and landed 13 new offers, including Florida, Georgia and Michigan.
Milton had another impressive performance last weekend at the NFA 7v7 Southeast Regional tournament, showing off what many analysts now consider possibly the strongest arm in the country.
That apparently caught the attention of the Elite 11 coaches. On Wednesday night, Milton landed his long-awaited invitation to the premier quarterback competition that takes place annually in Redondo Beach, Calif.
— Elite11 (@Elite11) March 29, 2017
Elite 11 coach Baylin Trujillo worked with Milton at the Orlando regional and now coaches him on his 7-on-7 team. He’s not surprised by Milton’s rise over the past month.
“His arm is a special gift,” Trujillo said of Milton. “You’re born with that. You can’t teach that type of arm talent. I remember seeing him throw 70 yards on one knee. It’s unreal. He has a cannon for an arm.
“A lot of schools have started pull the trigger on him because he has all the intangibles that you want. With his footwork getting developed … I like he’s going to do very well and a school out there is going to be very fortunate and blessed to have him.”
The Gators are considered the favorite for Milton after he visited Florida twice this month. He plans to make his decision in the spring or summer.
UF chasing Peterson
The Gators have spent more than a year recruiting J.J. Peterson, the nation’s No. 1-ranked outside linebacker in the 247Sports Composite.
The 4-star prospect from Moultrie, Ga., is a bit of mystery when it comes to recruiting, but told SEC Country his top schools are Alabama and Georgia.
However, Peterson doesn’t plan on committing any time soon and still has Florida under consideration.
“I’ve been down there twice,” said Peterson, who intends to return to UF. “I can say they have a great atmosphere and their coaching staff is good. Their players treat each other like family.”
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