Four-star Katy (Tx.) Tompkins 2021 dual threat quarterback Jalen Milroe recently reeled in an offer from the Gators, fulfilling a childhood dream of his.
No, he is not a legacy, nor is he even a Florida native. However, Milroe remembers when the Orange and Blue dotted his TV screen as a young kid just getting into football.
“I grew up in a house with my uncle and aunt always liking Florida. They would watch the games and say ‘Go Gators!’ so I followed [the team] as a kid,” Milroe told Inside the Gators.
Florida quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson extended the offer to Milroe after a conscious effort to get to know him. Johnson’s vetting made a positive impression on the nation’s third-ranked dual threat quarterback, who spoke highly of their relationship.
“Coach Johnson came out for spring ball and we built a relationship first. He couldn’t really talk to me at school because of the rules, so we talk on the phone every now and then. We have a great relationship. He’s just trying to get me to the school and tells me he wants to recruit me more.”
Luckily for Johnson, he may not have too much trouble getting the 6-foot-3, 194-pounder to Gainesville.
“I’m actually thinking of coming this week,” Milroe said. “I can let [Johnson] to see what he wants to do and what he wants, and meet Mullen or I could come [to camp] to throw and tour. Either, really. It’s up to Coach Johnson.”
The go-with-the-flow Milroe is still pretty early in the process, so he is mostly trying to feel out programs and which staffs he meshes with the most. However, he is taking a more positional approach to the recruiting game.
“The quarterback should have the best relationships with the quarterback coach and head coach. They know the position. A quarterback should focus on being coachable and listening.”
Milroe’s offer means the program is also more in the mix for his best friend, defensive end Tunmise Adeleye. The two are aiming to be college football’s next “package deal” in recruiting.
For those who may not be familiar with the term, a package deal is when two recruits (who are typically extremely close friends or teammates) plan to further their college careers at the same school. It is notable that the deal rarely ends up happening due to different programs being better-suited for each player.
Milroe told ITG his long-standing relationship with Adeleye is what makes the difference between them and other package deals that end up falling through.
“It’s something we talk about. I’ve known him since we were younger. We will go to school together, we’re just both trying to find that perfect school.”
Many times in recruiting, the “perfect school” means getting on the field early or contending for a National Championship. While Milroe said he thinks the “intensity and coaching” at Florida will lead to the team having “a great year,” the football aspect of playing college football is not the most important thing to him. Instead, that would be…
“A family atmosphere, graduating with the best degree possible, and having a great relationship with Quarterback Coach and Head Coach. I want my parents to know I’m going to a school that’s going to take care of me and set me up for life after football.”
Milroe is the No. 78 rated prosect in the nation according to 247 Sports.