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.
Coaches are sold
Joe Milton made his highly-anticipated visit to Florida on Tuesday and received an offer at the end of his trip.
Milton’s visit began with a 1-on-1 sit down with Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. It was their first time meeting.
“It went good, actually,” Milton said. “I talked to Coach Nuss by myself privately for about an hour. We discussed some important things in life. We also talked about how he runs his offense and how I would fit in.
“Coach Nuss told me I’m a pass-first quarterback and he liked that about my game. He’s just looking for a winner, you know. An outspoken quarterback that’s willing to put in the work and make plays.”
The 6-foot-5, 222-pound prospect is the nation’s No. 12-ranked pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite. UF coach Jim McElwain believes Milton is capable of becoming his future starter.
“Coach Mac told me I have what it takes to play quarterback at Florida,” Milton said. “They have competition at the position every year and he told me I can come compete for the job. He told me I’ll look good in orange and blue.”
The right fit
After touring the campus and the academic center, Milton attended Florida’s practice Tuesday and came away impressed. He was a fan of Nussmeier’s coaching style and offensive scheme.
“I watched the whole practice and saw how Coach Nuss trains the quarterbacks,” Milton said. “I think he’s a great coach. He knows how to get things done and lead quarterbacks in the right way.
“He has a pro-style offense but the quarterback has the option to run, too. It’s a lot like the offense at my high school, so I think that I would be comfortable playing in that system. It fits my style.”
Apparently Milton liked what he saw. The 4-star passer plans to return to Florida for another visit Friday.
“I’m coming back up again,” Milton said. “I like what Florida has going on with Coach Mac and that coaching staff. The offense has a lot of good players and I met some of them at practice. They just need a quarterback.”
Milton is up to 24 offers and wants to make his decision soon, though he claims no leaders. He knows, however, what he’s looking for in a school.
“I want to commit to an offense that fits me and a staff that wants me,” Milton said. “That’s important.”
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