Carlson Milikin

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  1. Highlander

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    A 2012 Cornerback/Receiver prospect that has committed to play lacrosse for Virginia, but is now garnering a lot of interest from FBS coaches to play football, including a hand-written letter from Bo Pelini:

    http://www2.dailyprogress.com/sports/2011/mar/04/tigers-milikin-hot-commodity-2-sports-ar-882160/

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    Woodberry Forest's Carlson Milikin (5) chose UVa's lacrosse team over Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Duke.</div>
















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    By Shane Mettlen

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    After an outstanding junior season at Woodberry Forest, Carlson Milikin is one of the hottest recruits in the mid-Atlantic with football coaches from Stanford, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State, among others, paying him a great deal of attention. And he's already committed to Virginia.


    Of course, there's a catch. Milikin pledged his commitment to Dom Starsia and the Cavaliers lacrosse program. The star cornerback/wide receiver/midfielder started fielding scholarship offers from the nation's top lacrosse programs as a sophomore, choosing UVa over Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Duke.


    "He's made it real clear, he's not going to play lacrosse anywhere else," Woodberry football coach Clint Alexander said. "He's had all the big schools offer him in lacrosse and he's certainly set with UVa for lacrosse, but if something comes up football-wise it might be an option."


    After a football season in which college coaches saw him
    deliver bone-crushing hits in the defensive backfield and average more
    than 20 yards per catch as a receiver, Milikin still has choices to
    make. Will he stick with UVa lacrosse or play football in college. If he decides on football he has to decide at which school.


    "I feel like I'm very blessed to have this kind of decision to make,"
    Milikin said. "I'm just enjoying the recruiting process right now. I'm
    100-percent committed to UVa lacrosse. That was the school I wanted to
    go to and when they offered in mid-July I committed, but I've started
    hearing more from football coaches, so there's that decision to make."


    There are a lot of people around Charlottesville who want to see the Richmond native in a Virginia uniform, whether it be a football or lacrosse jersey. Milikin recently attended the UVa football program's junior day, meeting with head coach Mike London and assistants, Bill Lazor, Shawn Moore and Anthony Poindexter.


    "They said they are going to come to Woodberry's spring practice and
    watch me play," Milikin said. "They don't know if I'll be a receiver or a
    corner. Coach Poindexter said he likes the way that I hit and the way I play with a chip on my shoulder."


    The big programs haven't offered Milikin scholarships for football yet, but that seems like just a matter of time as he gets invited to junior days and official visits all over the country. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini sent a handwritten letter last week and recruiting mail and phone messages continue to flood his parents' home in Richmond.


    Naturally, some wonder if Milikin could continue to be a two-sport
    star at the college level, but that doesn't seem likely. Starsia and London haven't discussed it yet and Starsia said playing both sports at the ACC level would be an incredible challenge.


    "I played football and lacrosse
    when I was in college (at Brown)," Starsia said. "It's just become
    increasingly difficult over time because of the commitment in the
    offseason. You have to really be a special athlete to miss spring football or fall lacrosse and be able to compete with your classmates. Mike and I haven't talked about it. I'm always willing to talk about it. I want what's best for a boy and his career."


    Starsia joked that he has an entire roster of lacrosse players that think they could play football for London, but even Milikin is approaching the idea of playing both sports with caution.


    "I've been told it's a possibility, but I'm not sure I'd want that," Milikin said. "College football is a 24-7 job and lacrosse
    is the same thing. I feel like if I did both if I got hurt in one sport
    I'd never have time to recover, so I might just try to stick to one."


    And so he's left with decisions to make, but it's an unexpected position Milikin is relishing.


    "UVa lacrosse was my dream growing up," Milikin said. "I never thought I'd get this much attention in football, but it's nice."
    </div>http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Carlson-Milikin-119787

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  2. mattharper

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    Virginia Tech has offered Carson a scolarship to play cornerback. Im assuming he will turn it down becasue of his lacrosse committment to Virginia U. .
     
  3. celticdb15

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    Wow Tech offered a white cb? Maybe coaches are starting to recognize that there are talented enough white guys to play CB!!
     
  4. mattharper

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    I have to look back but I know Tech recruited a white safety with 4.4 speed this year and a white wr to go along with NFL prospect Danny Coale. I read Milikins offer on Facebook but cant find it on Scout or Rivals as of yet.
     
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    Celtic, just wanted to say I just ran across your PM you sent me back in 2008 today lol. I created a ToughJRiggins account before somehow forgetting and creating a ToughJ.Riggins account. The PM you sent went to the account without the period in it. I discovered it out of the abyss 3 years later.
     
  7. celticdb15

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    Lol completely forgot about that message.
     
  8. mattharper

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    Thanks celtic. Im not much of a computer guru so I dont know how to cut and paste the guys I find. Ill learn soon.
     
  9. celticdb15

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    No problem man.I've been checking out alot of the guys you'v been posting and it looks like more and more of our prospects are starting to shine at WR, S, RB, and CB. Good to see some of these guys getting offered.

    Can't wait to see what Carlson chooses. There's no money in Lacrosse, if he truly loves both sports, I think he should put more thought into football, just because of some of the opportunities he can get through the sport. He will get more publicity and could be apart of some competitive Virginia Tech teams in the future. Why not choose football if you enjoy playing the game??

    Here's his highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTx4QbsMe3EEdited by: celticdb15
     
  10. mattharper

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    WHat I like is that Virginia Tech produces NFL caliber corners though most are overrated and if they are offering Milikin hes got to be pretty good. Im still hoping JT Hornyak makes a splash at Penn State as a preferred walk on.
     
  11. mattharper

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    Wow. Milikin has now been moved to safety by black rivals a position he has never played and has been offered by Navy. Im still trying to find the Nebraska and Virginia Techs offers but I hope he winds up at Virginia U. so he can play both sports.
     

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