Report: Former Michigan starting QB Joe Milton expected to commit to SEC program
From Ann Arbor to Rocky Top.
That’s reportedly the path former Michigan starting quarterback Joe Milton will take as he continues his career in college football. Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported on Monday that the former 4-star gunslinger is expected to sign with Tennessee later this month, leaving the B1G for the SEC.
Milton entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal following the 2020 college football season. He opened the year as Michigan’s starter but was replaced late in the season by Cade McNamara after struggling to perform consistently in Ann Arbor.
The quarterback battle in Ann Arbor is expected to come down to McNamara, 5-star freshman J.J. McCarthy and Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman. No decision has been made on the No. 1 spot through spring ball.
Sources: Former Michigan quarterback Joe Milton plans to sign with Tennessee. He's expected to formally commit later this month.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) April 19, 2021
Last season, Milton played in six games for the Wolverines, throwing for 1,077 yards and 4 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and a score.
Milton received a ton of attention following Michigan’s 49-24 blowout win over Minnesota to open the 2020 season. He threw for 225 yards and a touchdown while completing 15-of-22 passes and also rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown.
But the rest of the year was inconsistent as Michigan stumbled to a 2-4 record.
Milton was a 4-star member of Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class. After using a redshirt season and with the NCAA’s blanket waiver for all fall student-athletes during the 2020 season, he will have three years of eligibility remaining to use with the Volunteers.
Tennessee underwent a coaching change this offseason. Josh Heupel is the new leader in Knoxville after Jeremy Pruitt was fired amid alleged recruiting violations.