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A Detour for Ballou Lineman

No, not Marvin Austin. The All-Met Defensive Player of the Year still plans to take his official visit to Florida State this weekend. He previously has visited Southern Cal, Illinois, Tennesse and North Carolina -- and could make a decision soon, perhaps next week.

The other big Ballou lineman has his own bizarre recruiting story to tell. Lamar Milstead committed to North Carolina last summer. Milstead went on his official visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend. And returned to Washington - after a brief detour - having said he will accept a scholarship offer to play for Virginia.

Milstead and his father, Lyndon, drove to Chapel Hill for the weekend with a red flag already raised. Tar Heels Coach Butch Davis, who replaced the fired John Bunting, had never called or visited Milstead since being hired. "It concerned me as a parent," Lyndon Milstead said.

Player and coach met Sunday morning, standard fare for an official visit. "I guess, with the short time he did spend with him, he just felt, how should I put it, he didn't feel what their plan was in terms of which way their program was heading," Lyndon Milstead said.

So instead of heading up I-85 to Richmond, the Milsteads took U.S. 29 to Charlottesville, calling assistant coach Mike London along the way to let him know they were en route and make sure a scholarship offer stood. Father and son spent the car ride discussing the situation, then walked around campus and Scott Stadium. That night, they called Virginia Coach Al Groh to let him know Milstead had changed his mind.

Ironically, it was a coaching move that initially prompted Milstead to look away from Virginia and to North Carolina. Former Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince had recruited Milstead until Prince was hired as the head coach at Kansas State. When Prince left, Milstead turned to North Carolina.

By Josh Barr  | January 18, 2007; 2:02 PM ET
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