Thursday, March 28, 2013
McMillon breaks silence, close to decision
By Max Olson
More than a month has passed since Jake McMillon received his scholarship offer from Texas. Until this week, he hadn’t said a word since.
The Abilene (Texas) High School defensive end hasn’t been doing interviews or opening up about his recruiting process. Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t need to make a tough decision any tougher.
Jake McMillon will visit Texas for its spring game and have a decision shortly after.
“This has been little stressful at times, but it’s been fun and I’m just trying to enjoy it and take it all in,” he said.
In his first interview since that Feb. 23 offer, McMillon confirmed what Abilene coach Steve Warren has been saying for a while now: This is a two-team race between Texas and TCU, and a decision is coming soon.
McMillon visited TCU for a second time last weekend and will attend Texas’ spring game on Saturday. After that, he’s hoping he’ll be prepared to make the call.
“I don’t have anything planned after Texas,” he said. “I’m looking to make a pretty decision pretty quick. I’ve just got to be 100-percent sure I’m doing what’s the best fit for me.”
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound end prospect is looking forward to driving down to Austin and getting a second look at what the Longhorns have to offer.
The key to this trip is the fact his mother will be joining him. McMillon said a surgery prevented her from attending the UT junior day, and her input in his decision is valuable.
“It’s very important. It’s a real big decision for me, so I want to see what mom has to say about it,” McMillon said. “It’s going to help me out with the decision to see what she thinks about it.”
McMillon has kept up with Mack Brown and defensive tackles coach Bo Davis via Facebook and said the coaches want to play him at end and even some nose tackle if they land him.
Going into the junior day visit, McMillon certainly didn’t assume he was going to receive an offer. That surprise changed his plans quite a bit.
“We’ve been in touch a little before, but getting that offer from the University of Texas is pretty crazy,” he said. “When a school like that offers you, of course other opportunities will come up. But I want to decide pretty soon what I’m going to do.”
If he does pick Texas, McMillon said he’s glad he’d know one of the members of his recruiting class. The Longhorns’ first 2014 pledge came from Abilene Cooper receiver Lorenzo Joe.
“I see him around sometimes,” McMillon said. “Lorenzo is a great guy and I like hanging around him.”
Family ties are one reason why TCU is right at the top of the list with Texas.
His great uncle, Ron, played for the Horned Frogs and his grandfather, Don, also went there on a football scholarship.
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“I got offered by them a couple weeks back,” McMillon said. “It’s nice that I’ve had a few family members play there. TCU is a great school. TCU and Texas are both great places to be.”
McMillon isn’t feeling any pressure to make a decision after his Texas visit, but that is his goal at the moment.
There isn’t one big thing he’s hoping to get out of his time in Austin. McMillon simply wants to gather as much information as he can before he sits down with his family and gets serious about deciding.
“I’m just trying to feel things out and make sure I’m going to the place that’s the best fit for me,” he said.
Texas already has one verbal commitment from defensive end Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) for its 2014 class, but the position is a priority this year after UT signed zero defensive linemen for 2013.
McMillon will be the first four-year starter in Warren’s 17 years at Abilene, and he earned district defensive MVP honors as a junior after recording 14 tackles, 32 tackles and two forced fumbles.
He’s ready to get this decision out of the way and get back to focusing on football, but one thing is certain: McMillon hasn’t made his mind up just yet.
“I’m not really leaning one way," he said. "I’m just going to go check out Texas again and then make my decision afterwards. I’m just going to see how it goes, but that’s what I’m hoping for.”