Olathe (Kan.) Northwest safety Jarard Milo didn't play last season because of transfer rules.
However, as a sophomore he was one of the top football players in the ultra competitive Sunflower League in Kansas. He was able to get into athletics this spring and he's doing quite well in track. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he's run a 10.78 time in the 100 meters and plays a key role in Northwest's 4X100-meter relay and 4x400 relay teams.
But because he didn't play football as a junior on the varsity level some schools have shied away from offering him. Well that bashfulness ended on Monday evening. That's when Minnesota stepped up and offered Milo a scholarship.
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"Ron Lee knew that I wasn't able to play this year, so he came to the school and got some results from a combine that I went to," Milo said. "Then he came to the school to see what I looked like He then got the film from my sophomore year. He saw that I had turned into a 6-3, 200-pound safety with 4.4 speed and he said that's a good thing.
"He said they were originally going to wait to offer me, but I had impressed them too much that they couldn't offer me now. They had to."
And the offer was definitely something that caught his eye.
"I know a little bit about Minnesota," he said. "But I also don't know a lot. I'm going to camp up there this summer, and then I'll know more. I've talked to most of the coaches, and they seem really cool. Coach Lee is cool and so is coach (Tim) Brewster."
When he was offered by Minnesota, Milo said other schools took notice.
"I talked to Matt Wallerstedt at K-State, and he is going to talk to coach Prince about an offer," Milo said. "He saw me at combine recently, and I was playing on offense, and he said that really showed my skills. He touched base with me on Tuesday and told me he wanted me to come down to camp and that he thinks coach Prince will be offering me soon."
"I've been to K-State plenty of times. My brother, Brian Goolsby played there, so I know what K-State is all about."
Another local school, Kansas, is also definitely in the hunt and talking about offering a scholarship.
"I've talked to Clint Bowen at Kansas, and I was at their spring game," Milo said. "I love their facilities. I might major in sports medicine, and they have a good program in that. They have an awesome weight room, too. Coach Bowen talked to my dad and told him that they were close to offering me. We have a big 7-on-7 tournament over there each spring, and I'm going to show them what I can do."
LSU is another school that Milo is hoping to hear more from. The Tigers have expressed an interest, but not as heavy of one as the other schools on his list. He hopes to make it to Baton Rouge this summer for the Tigers' summer camp.