March 6, 2008

A look at 2008 signee Brian Milholland

San Diego State was originally looking at Brian Milholland as a greyshirt candidate. They wanted the 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from La Mesa (Calif.) Helix to delay his enrollment until the spring of 2009.

"But then they saw Brian late in his senior season and they didn't want to lose him, so they offered him a full ride starting for the fall semester," explained Milholland's coach at Helix, Donnie Van Hook. "We knew he had the physical ability, but I told him he had to get tougher. He had to get physically and mentally tougher and he did."

Milholland earned first-team all-county and first-team all-league honors as a senior. He was also an all-academic selection.

USC offered Milholland a preferred walk-on opportunity and Cal had also showed interest in him during the fall.

"But San Diego State is the one that really came out and they saw how he really progressed at the end of the season, playing against some Division-1 players, he really did great," added Coach Van Hook. "So San Diego State was the program that really pushed for him."

Wide receivers coach LeCharls McDaniel recruits Helix High School from the Aztecs' staff.

"Their offensive line coach (Jonathan Himebauch) saw his film and watched a game and really wanted him bad," explained Coach Van Hook. "They see the potential. This is a kid that weighs about 300 pounds but if you see him run, you would think he weighed 265 pounds. He has an upside, long arms and he is going to get stronger and better in college.

"His character is also really good. His work ethic is outstanding. He is a really good student. His best years in football are ahead of him, I really believe that."

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