Orlando Dr. Phillips safety Matt Milanocommitted to Boston College on Saturday evening, a move that has been roughly a month in the making.
Milano and his father visited Boston College, along with Boise State, Michigan State, Rutgers and other schools this offseason, but it was their trip to Boston in June that kept playing over and over again in Milano’s mind.
“When we went and visited all the schools, that was just the one that stuck out the most to me and I thought that I fit there,” Milano said. “We came home, talked about it with my family, friends and basically, it was me that made the decision, but it was the school that was right for me.”
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Milano said being close to extended family played a big role in his decision.
“That was one of the things that most influenced me,” Milano said. “Most of my family is up there, we’re the only ones down here in Florida.”
Boston College’s strong academic reputation and coaching staff were also big factors.
Milano (6-1, 200) picked the Eagles over scholarship offers from Arizona, Air Force, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and others. He has also been drawing interesting from Rutgers and Michigan State, but those schools were looking at him as a weak-side linebacker.
“[Boston College] told me that I was their No. 1 safety on the board right now and a couple of other schools wanted me to play linebacker,” Milano said. “But they wanted me to play strong safety and [Boston College defensive backs coach Mike Siravo] Coach Siravo was a big part of it too. When I went up there for the camp, he liked me a lot.”
The Eagles were actually not planning on offering Milano a scholarship until they saw him play live at their camp in early June. Bowling Green and Miami also offered upon seeing him live.
Milano, a vicious and fundamentally sound hitter, led Dr. Phillips with 123 tackles last season, his first year as a starter.
He also registered 17 tackles for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception, and is ranked the No. 25-ranked player in the in the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60,
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonnone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.