Two former West, Southwest Orange County high school football players selected in NFL Draft

Former Olympia High QB Joe Milton and West Orange High WR Jaylon Carlies selected in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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Former Olympia High quarterback Joe Milton and West Orange High wide receiver Jaylon Carlies were both selected on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Milton, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound former four-star prospect, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round; 193rd overall. 

Last season at the University of Tennessee, Milton started 12 games, gained 3,112 total yards, scored 27 total touchdowns, had a 65% completion rate and threw five interceptions. He led the Volunteers to a 9-4 record. 

Carlies, a former three-star wide receiver prospect, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round; 151st overall. After switching positions from receiver to defensive back at the University of Missouri, Carlies was a major contributor for three seasons for the Tigers. 

In his senior year, Carlies recorded 64 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, one forced and recovered fumble. 

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