July 31, 2019 / 12:45 AM / 3 months ago

College football notebook: Georgia lands 5-star running back

Five-star running back Kendall Milton announced his verbal commitment to Georgia over Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.

Jul 1, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; Running back Kendall Milton participates in drills at The Opening at the Ford Center at The Star. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The 6-foot-1 1/2, 229-pound recruit from Fresno, Calif., is ranked No. 4 among running backs and No. 22 overall in the 2020 class by the 247Sports.com composite.

“I’m very excited about my decision and feel really good about Georgia,” Milton told 247Sports.com. “I knew on my official visit to Georgia that I found a home and that was the place for me. I took a lot of visits, unofficial and official, and the vibe I had at Georgia was like no other place I visited.”

Milton is the third five-star recruit to commit to the Bulldogs’ 2020 class, along with linebacker Mekhail Sherman of Washington D.C. and offensive lineman Broderick Jones of Lithonia, Ga.

—UTEP, coming off a 1-11 season, will have to try to make improvement without its leading rusher from 2018, as Quardraiz Wadley suffered a season-ending toe injury in a pre-camp conditioning workout.

Wadley, a senior, rushed for 627 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Wadley has 1,072 career yards in 26 games and has a redshirt year available.

UTEP will look to Treyvon Hughes (73 carries for 320 yards last season) and local freshman Deion Hankins to lead the rushing attack.

—UConn linebacker Eli Thomas, who suffered a stroke last October, will not return to play his senior season, coach Randy Edsall announced.

Thomas, who during the spring was named a team captain in 2019, will remain a member of the team and still represent the Huskies as a captain, along with tight end Donovan Williams, defensive back Tyler Coyle, offensive lineman Matt Peart and punter Luke Magliozzi.

—Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a huge favorite over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

FanDuel Sportsbook installed Lawrence and Tagovailoa as co-favorites in April. But Lawrence has since rose from +250 to +200, while Tagovailoa is falling back to the pack and at +350.

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was a comfortable third in the opening odds, but the public has not supported the notion of a third straight Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray). Hurts will start for the Sooners, but his Heisman chances have been bet down from +1100 to +2000.

—Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, the 2010 Big Ten Offensive Player of the year, has joined the Jacksonville University staff as an offensive analyst.

Robinson, a native of Deerfield Beach, Fla., was a fifth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013, and he played four seasons as a running back with the club, gaining 1,058 yards on 263 carries.

“He’s been mentored by some of the best in the business along the way,” Jacksonville coach Ian Shields said in a statement, “and he’ll have some great lessons and coaching points to pass along to our players.”

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