The UVa staff had shown heavy interest in Yorktown (Arlington, VA) running back Max Milien for quite some time, so there is no doubt Al Groh and company are quite pleased with the 6-1, 198-pound running back’s decision today. Milien is the third member of UVa’s 2007 recruiting class.
“He decided Friday to commit to Virginia,” Yorktown head coach Bruce Hanson said. “He had been to a game. He wore UVa t-shirts. He really liked UVa, so it was a good decision for him.”
Milien chose UVa over an offer from Temple and interest from Virginia Tech and Maryland. A major factor, Hanson said, was that UVa is recruiting Milien as a running back.
“Maryland and Virginia Tech and others were recruiting him as an athlete, but Virginia liked him as a tailback,” Hanson said. “They really like him as a running back and they recruited him well.”
Hanson believes Milien is “the most underrated player in the state” at this point in 2007 class recruiting. A versatile back, Milien had 140 carries for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards per carry last season as a junior. He added 26 catches for 414 yards and nine scores.
“He’s a good kid,” Hanson said. “I think they got a real good one. He really works hard and he’s young. He’s a real good student, too.”
Hanson believes Milien will stick to his commitment, saying “his mom wants him to go there and he wants to go there, so I think he’ll stay with his decision.”
2007 RB Roster…
2007 recruits: Max Milien
As stated above, UVa is recruiting Milien as a running back. He displays the versatility UVa likes in a running back, and has the breakaway speed coveted for the next level. Milien is a nice pick-up for the ‘Hoos here, as Al Groh has shown very heavy interest in him up to this point (including two visits to Yorktown). Milien impressed the staff during the 7-on-7 camp last summer and with his junior year performance.
I still believe UVa will try and land another tailback in this year’s class, but Milien is a great start and is a player the coaches appeared to covet.