NEW BERLIN – Montrell Dobbs always wanted to attend the University of Connecticut. Playing Division one football was not on Carlos Carvajal’s radar until his junior year in high school. Jevonte Pitts was on a high school team that had seven division one recruits, and was often overlooked. Gerod Holliman was one of the top prep players in Florida last year, but he, like so many other Milford Academy players, needs to bump up his college entrance exam scores to qualify academically.
These four are among the marquee names attending Milford Academy’s prep school this fall. All have collegiate scholarship offers on the table at major colleges, and will likely make immediate impacts at their respective colleges of choice.
Dobbs was the premier high school running back in the state of Connecticut last year, and he finished his career as the fifth all-time leading rusher in state history. He’ll play for former Syracuse University and NFL coach, Paul Pasqualoni, who took over UConn’s head coach this year. “Coach Pasqualoni basically gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Dobbs said. Dobbs came to Milford’s campus a few weeks earlier than the rest of his teammates, and hopes that extra work pays off. “I wanted to get a head start and be a starter here. A lot of good backs have come through here, and it motivates you to be as good or better than the previous guys.”
Carvajal, a southern Florida native, will move to Indiana to play for Purdue in the Big Ten. He considers the long trip away from home as a lesson in gaining maturity. “(Moving far away from home) shows that I’m growing up and taking the responsibility of a young man,” he said...