At a very young age, it was apparent Kendall Milton was a man among boys on the gridiron.
“I think it was 3rd grade,” said Milton. “I was with the Clovis Bears, we were playing the Clovis Cowboys, and I was at running back, and we ran a power straight down, and I broke about eight tackles on the way to the end zone.”
He was offered his first college scholarship by BYU in the 8th grade, and already has double-digit offers on the table — from the likes of USC, UCLA and Washington — even though he’s only entering his sophomore year at Buchanan High School.
“Through hard work, and Lord willing, good health, he’s gonna do special things in his life,” said Buchanan head coach Matt Giordano, who himself played nine seasons in the NFL.
Already measuring 6-feet-1 and 195 pounds, we got a taste of what Milton could do as a freshman running back last year, when he was called up to varsity mid-season.
He scored six touchdowns and averaged over seven yards a carry, and odds are, he’s just going to keep getting better.
“This year, I feel more confident that I’ll be able to show my true talent,” added Milton.
That enticing talent that has him rated as the 5th best running back in the nation in the class of 2020, according to the recruiting website, 247sports.com.
“I try not to pay too much attention to it,” said Milton. “I try not to get caught up in the hype.”
While the offensive side of the ball will get the headlines, we’re going to also see him on defense this year, where he plans on being a disruptive force off the edge.
“This year on defense, I’ve been able to make quite a few stops behind the line of scrimmage in our practices, and our scrimmage,” said Milton. “So this year could be a special year for defense.”
It’s yet to be determined which side of the ball he will end playing at the next level, but according to his coach, he could succeed at either.
“He’s been blessed enough to excel on both sides of the ball,” said Giordano.