Exactly one week after Austin Price reported on Twitter reported that Michigan Wolverines transfer quarterback Joe Milton was joining Tennessee football, the news became official from the source himself. Josh Heupel has another player entering the signal-caller race.
Two days after attending the Vols’ Orange and White game and seeing Hendon Hooker, Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer compete at the position, Milton announced his commitment to Rocky Top. He appeared in six games last year for Michigan.
Once a four-star in 2018 out of Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., Milton stands at 6’5″ 243 pounds and, while serving more as a pocket passer, can double as a dual-threat. He announced his commitment to Tennessee football on Instagram.
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We wrote about Milton’s abilities and what he did on the field in Ann Arbor, Mich., last week when the news of his commitment first broke. You can read about it by clicking the link. He joins Maurer as two quarterbacks from Florida in the room.
Obviously, this makes the quarterback race a lot more interesting. Kaidon Salter, a four-star in UT’s 2021 class, did not participate in the spring due to a suspension. As a result, he and Milton will throw a curveball to everything that happened in the spring with just Bailey, Hooker and Maurer competing against each other for the job.
Milton confirming his commitment is a big deal for the Vols, as despite the reporting, conflicting reports came out later in the week that he still could potentially land elsewhere. Heupel getting him to Knoxville, Tenn. is a steal.
Even as a graduate transfer who has played college ball for three years, Milton will have three years of eligibility remaining, according to Patrick Brown of GoVols247. It appears as if Milton will enroll at the university at the end of May, as reports were that his name appeared in the school’s online student directory for summer classes.
Assuming he does enroll once his semester at Michigan ends, Milton immediately puts pressure on the other Tennessee football quarterbacks, even Hooker, the other experienced graduate transfer. After all, Milton is the one guy Heupel specifically targeted, and Heupel actually recruited him as well when he was the Missouri Tigers’ offensive coordinator.