Five-star Clovis, California running back Kendall Milton has released his Final 4 schools, and the Buckeyes have made the cut. Joining Ohio State were LSU, Georgia, and Alabama.
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— Kendall Milton (@_KendallMilton) May 17, 2019
Last June, Milton released a Top 10, which also included Ohio State.
Milton (6-2 220) is the No. 3 running back in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite and the No. 21 player overall.
At a The Opening Regional combine last weekend, Milton ran a 4.76 40-yard dash and a 4.25 20-yard shuttle. He has been clocked at 11.04 in the 100 meters.
Here is the scouting evaluation of Kendall Milton from 247Sports.com.
Bigger back who runs with a unique blend of power, speed and balance. Shows more shiftiness than you’d expect from a back his size. His balance is top-notch. Can take a hit and not lose his base and gains significant yards after contact. Can run through holes and sees them before they open. Can hit the hole and go. Good but not great receiver out of the backfield. Has a tendency to run upright on occasion when there is traffic. Projects as immediate Power 5 starter and projects as first-round NFL draft choice.
Milton took an unofficial visit to Ohio State this past spring. He attended Buckeye football practice during his visit, spending time on the field watching the reps with OSU running back JK Dobbins.
Milton also visited Alabama and Georgia this spring and has an official visit scheduled in June for LSU.
As a junior last season, Milton (6-2 220) rushed for 1,337 yards on 174 attempts (7.7 ypc) and scored 27 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,514 yards on 175 carries (8.7 ypc) with 23 touchdowns.
With 13 predictions cast in 247Sports’ Crystal Ball feature, the top three vote getters aren’t even among Milton’s final four choices.
The Buckeyes are looking to sign two running backs in this recruiting cycle. Arizona running back Darvon Hubbard decommitted from Ohio State this past winter.
“I will be decommitting from The Ohio State University,” he tweeted. “This is especially hard for me to say but OSU will still be a top school of mine, but right now I feel it’s best to explore my options.”
Ohio State’s top two targets out of state are Milton and Arizona’s Bijan Robinson.
Robinson (6-0 200) attends Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona where he rushed for 2,400 yards last season on just 170 attempts. A 5-star prospect and the No. 5 tailback in the nation, he averaged 14.1 yards per carry as a junior, scoring 35 touchdowns in the process.
New Jersey running back Jalen Berger (6-0 187) is very interested in Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes currently own both Crystal Ball projections for Berger, who is the No. 9 running back and the No. 55 player in the nation.
The Buckeyes are also very interested in a pair of Ohio tailbacks in Akron Hoban running back DeaMonte Trayanum, who is ranked the No. 24 tailback in the nation, and Michael Drennen, who is the No. 3 all-purpose back in the nation.