With five full ride track and field scholarships on the table, Tylertown’s Milton Harrell had a tough decision in front of him.
Harrell, a senior at Tylertown high school, holds the Mississippi and Louisiana high school state record in the high jump at 7’ 2”. He is listed as number one in the state and number two in the nation.
Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi State and Louisiana State Universities all offered Harrell a spot on their team. However, Harrell decided that he would be donning the purple and gold of LSU.
“Mostly I decided when I visited the campus, LSU just really felt like home to me. Not to say that the other schools weren’t as good as LSU, it just felt like home to me and I really like their program and everything they are trying to do down there,” Harrell said.
Harrell’s coaches describe Milton as an extremely hard worker and say that the sky is the limit. “I can see him being an Olympic medalist one day, he believes in it and I know he will work hard enough to get it,” said high jump coach Myreon Sartin.
Harrell lost his mother in a tragic car accident when he was in the 7th grade. He credits his mother as his inspiration. “She is my gas on the pedal. My main thing is to succeed and make her and my family proud,” said Harrell.