Kendall Milton is a special 6’2, 210-pound running back in the 2020 class from Clovis. Clovis is just outside of Fresno in California and Fresno might not ring bells on a national scale, but they have had their fair share of talent in football. Players like Ryan Mathews, Derek and David Carr, TJ McDonald, Eric and Mychal Kendricks are just a few that have come out of Fresno. The average fan might overlook Fresno, but Milton feels “blessed” to be in the heart of a football hotbed.
The second rated back in the 2020 class rushed for 1,514 yards, had 25 total touchdowns, and he did damage with only 183 touches. He has it all as a ball carrier as he has the physical features, possesses elite speed, vision, good footwork in the hole, and he is physical. On contact, he has Energizer bunny legs as he keeps moving them as a three-yard run turns into a first down. Once he gets to the second level, he is off to the house for six. Milton gets free on most of his runs with his galloping strides, but he can absolutely plow you. He talked about what it is like being in the zone.
The rising star stated, “When I am in the zone, it feels like no one can stop me and it’s a battle versus myself.”
Milton compares himself to Adrian Peterson and his style of play as well as his physical features mirror AP. He has over 20 offers from schools like Alabama, Michigan State, Southern Cal, and local school Fresno State. He talked about his recruitment by schools and where he plans to visit.
“Schools like USC, Georgia, Penn State, and Washington have been recruiting hard. I plan to take visits to Florida State, Ohio State, and Penn State,” said the Buchanan back.
Milton’s brother, Ka’Lonn Milton, serves as a source of inspiration for him. Ka’Lonn was a two-way player in high school. He wasn’t highly sought after like his younger brother so he went the junior college route. Now, Kalonn is at Fresno State playing for the Bulldogs.
This offseason Milton is working hard and going to camps to show he is one of the best in the country. He is working hard and focusing on the little nuances in the game as his coach Matt Giordano emphasizes the small things to win games. He is confident that his work this offseason will translate to more college opportunities, being named an All-State and All-American back again, and winning games for the Bears.
Look for Milton, the newly fifth-star recipient, to continue his reign of terror next season as a junior. He should be highly motivated in the first five games before league play especially against the Central Grizzlies who finished ranked 22nd in California last year. Another motivating factor will be the fact that the Grizzlies ended Milton and the Bears season. However, he wants to take it one game at a time.
“This upcoming season, I want to attack every game the same as we did last year because that’s what made us a turn around program,” stated Milton.
Milton is certainly a man on a mission.