St. Xavier star Milligan staying close to home


St. Xavier’s Danny Milligan
Cincinnati St. Xavier WR/K Danny Milligan was one of the main reasons the Bombers finished 15-0 and Division I state champions for the second time in three seasons this year. After receivieng an offer from hometown Cincinnati, Milligan committed to the Bearcats Monday night, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that St. Xavier WR/K and Division I co-offensive player of the year Danny Milligan has committed to Cincinnati.

Milligan who is rated as the No. 107 senior prospect in the upcoming issue of Ohio high magazine, was a go-to, all-purpose player for the Bombers (15-0) in their second state title run in three seasons.

On offense, Milligan (5-9, 170) reeled in 49 passes for 726 yards and nine TDs and had 166 yards rushing and five TDs on the ground.

In the 27-0 win over Mentor in the Division I state championship earlier this month, Milligan caught a 4-yard TD run (lateral) midway through the first quarter for the Bombers first score and kicked 23 and 24-yard field goals.

“Whenever we needed a big play this season, Danny always stepped up,” said St. Xavier LB and Stanford recruit Fred Craig following the title game. “We are all just so proud of him. He has always been one of those guys who has great heart and determination and he just goes out there and makes plays.”

Milligan’s future at Cincinnati could very well be on special teams. He was 36-for-37 in point-after attempts, 7-for-12 on field goals (long 42) and averaged 38.9 yards on 11 punts in the regular season. Where Milligan shined, though, was on kickoffs averaging 57.5 yards on 51 kicks for 2,931 yards and 35 touchbacks.

“Danny (was) a difference maker for us now for three years,” Specht said before the championship game. “Everybody always points to his ability to kick but what they’re starting to see this year is how explosive he can be when the ball is in his hands.”


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