2026’s Blake Milanes is showing flashes of Aaron Donald | Youth1

2026’s Blake Milanes is showing flashes of Aaron Donald

Blake Milanes is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2026.


The 4-foot-11, 110-pound Milanes, who attends Deer Park, is a versatile player that works as an offensive/defensive lineman.


Milanes has played for the Westchase Colts, Under Armor Flag Football and West Tampa Wolves lacrosse during his outstanding youth career.


Milanes is a two-time flag champion and Pop Warner state champ in 2017.


“I feel like all my hard work paid off and that I have great coaches that will not give up on me,” Milanes said. “I felt proud to participate in those events and it shows how hard we worked as a team.”


No matter the opponent, on each snap Milanes is determined to give it his all.


Milanes is going all out.


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Milanes steps between the lines.


“My mindset at my position is to get past the defensive line and sack the quarterback,” Milanes said. “I want to make the opponent feel me there on every play that I’m out there.”


Milanes has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Milanes tells why he enjoys sports so much.


“I love playing football because it is very fun and exciting and I love playing with my teammates and winning,” Milanes said. “I love the feeling of stopping the offense from scoring when I’m on defense or helping my teammates score when I’m on offense.”


Milanes has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.


The main one is applying perspective to all situations.


“Playing football has taught me so much about life,” Milanes said. “It has taught me how to be disciplined and work as a unit.”


Milanes recalls his favorite football memory.


“When we won the Pop Warner championship because we worked so hard as a team and gave it our all,” Milanes said. “It was such a special memory that means a lot to me and I’ll never forget.”


Anthony Crescenzo has coached Milanes for three years for the Westchase Colts.


Crescenzo explains the best parts of Milanes’ game.


“Blake is a big boy with great footwork .He has footwork like a running back.on defense there is not a kid stronger than Blake his technique and power is unmatched,” Crescenzo said. “Blake has developed his technique through hard work and dedication between practice and training at D1 in the Trench camp he has come a long way.”


Milanes takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Milanes makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always having my teammates’ back, staying positive and pushing it to the limit,” Milanes said. “The best advice I give them is to never quit no matter what.”


Crescenzo adds that Milanes is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


Blake demonstrates leadership through his play on the field,” Crescenzo said. “When he is busting through the offense all the kids rally around him.”


Milanes is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person,” Miles said. “They tell us to always work together as a team, stay positive, know when to pick your fights and when to ignore it. To do your best on every play is the main thing.”


Crescenzo is an advocate of Milanes’ capabilities.


“Last year in our Super Bowl, Blake did not allow anyone to run up the middle and on a huge fourth down he blasted through a double team and made a huge stop to get us the ball back,” Crescenzo said.


In addition to making clutch plays, Milanes also has a high level of football IQ as well.


Milanes has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.


“Over the last three years Blake has started to use his IQ of the game through watching film and understanding leverage,” Crescenzo said.


Milanes is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“Off the field Blake trains in Cross-Fit with his parents and this is the key to his strength and speed,” Crescenzo said.


Crescenzo explains why he compares Milanes to this standout.   


“I compare Blake to Aaron Donald, the best defensive tackle in the game right now,” Crescenzo said. “He is strong, fast and athletic.”


Meanwhile, Milanes patterns his aggression after this Pro Bowl defender.


“I look up to Kam Chancellor because he is always ready to blow people up,” Milanes said. “He’s such an aggressive defender and I try to use that mindset when I’m playing defense.”


Milanes is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“Off the field I want to focus on my education and family because they are always there to support me,” Milanes said. “With sports it’s being a positive role model, always doing my best and having good sportsmanship.”


Before the pros, Milanes dreams of being the next great college star at the University of South Florida.


“I would love to play at The University of South Florida. It’s close to home and I want to bring the Bulls to their first national title,” Milanes said. “I feel like I can be a good fit on their team.”


Milanes lists math as his favorite subject in school.


“I like solving problems,” Milanes said. “It is very fun and challenging at the same time.”


Crescenzo outlines the next areas of improvement for Milanes.


“I’m currently working with Blake on wrapping up,” Crescenzo said. “He penetrates the defense so fast at times he thinks his big hits are just going to knock guys down But as he gets older this will be an important thing to do.”


Crescenzo believes the sky is the limit as long as Milanes continues to stay hungry.  

“Blake’s potential is through the roof. He controls his own destiny,” Crescenzo said. “He has God given talent, strength and size.”


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