LaQuentin Smith

Dr. Phillips safety Matt Milano has waited his turn and now it's time

Matt Milano's Nike SPARQ score puts him at 11th in the nation

Oralndo Dr. Phillips safety Matt Milano was not accustomed to sitting on the bench. He had started every game he ever competed in since playing in the Mighty Might classification for Dr. Phillips’ Pop Warner team. So watching and not playing was difficult. Milano, then a sophomore, was relegated to backup duty in 2010 and was more or less a bystander for the Panthers’ run to the state championship game.  “Thinking about how I used to be playing in every game and then having to watch everbody else play, it was tough, but I got over it,” Milano said. In fairness to Milano, he was backing up nationally-ranked safety prospects Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix (now at...