By Dave Morrison

CLEAR FORK – It was a case study in college football recruiting 2020.

For Westside’s Tommy Milam it worked out as it likely would have had the season been of the normal variety.

The senior, whose career ended at Summersville on a Friday night in mid-October, after just four games, nevertheless used the tools at his disposal to get noticed.

The coronavirus could not stop the 6-5, 260-pound defensive end from achieving his dream of playing at next level when he signed with Madonna University in Lavonia. Mich.

He posted his video on Twitter.

As fate would have Madonna offensive coordinator and strength & conditioning coach Kevin O’Donnell was watching tape of players on Twitter when he came across Milam.

“He watched my film and then messaged me on Twitter and it went from there,” Milam said.

The Renegades’ defensive end averaged a team-best 7.7 tackles per game and also had two tackles for a loss and a sack.

Despite not going on the official visit and the other normal phases of the recruiting process, Milam said he is happy to be headed to Madonna.

“I’ll feel at home at Madonna,” he said. “Me and coach O’Donnell had a long talk about the University, the football program and all that surrounds it so I feel like it’s a great choice.”

Milam is projected as a defensive end and will be coached by defensive line coach Rayfield Smith Jr. Herb Haygood is the head coach.

“My goals for when I get there (in the fall) is to become successful with my education, and to always push myself to the max to become a better player,” Milam said. “I want to win at Madonna.”

Milam said he felt that Westside would have done just that given a normal season in 202. 

“It sucked really,” Milam said. “I feel we could have made the playoffs for sure. But I am truly blessed with what I got and my opportunities along with it.”

The Renegades finished 2-2.

Westside defensive end Tommy Milam signed to continue his football career at Madonna University last month.