Monday, April 1, 2013
Texas lands No. 11 in DE Jake McMillon
By Max Olson
Jake McMillon (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) knew a decision was coming soon after he visited Texas this weekend. On Monday, he decided the time was right.
The defensive end walked into Abilene coach Steve Warren’s office this morning and said he was ready to make the call.
Jake McMillon committed to Texas two days after visiting for the Orange-White spring game.
McMillon committed to Texas, becoming the 11th member of the Longhorns’ 2014 recruiting class and its second defensive end. He chose Texas over TCU.
“It just felt like the right fit for me,” McMillon said in a text message. “Great coaches, great place to be.”
McMillon visited Texas on Saturday for the Orange-White spring game. While he didn’t commit during his visit, he did know he was ready to make up his mind.
“It’s been tough on him,” Warren said. “He narrowed it down to them and TCU. He knew both schools were great. At the end of the day, he felt really comfortable in Austin. He went back with him mom and his family this weekend and came back and decided that was the place for him.”
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive lineman said he was recruited to play end and possibly some nose tackle. He received his offer at the Longhorns’ second junior day on Feb. 23. Ever since then, Texas has been at the top of his list, but TCU made a strong push.
After spending the past month mulling that decision and taking two visits to both schools, McMillon called Texas coach Mack Brown and defensive tackles coach Bo Davis on Monday to deliver the good news.
“I’m thrilled for him,” Warren said. “I told him all along, you can’t make a wrong choice. Both schools are great schools. At the end of the day, you have to feel really comfortable with where you’re spending the next four to five years of your life.”
McMillon earned district defensive MVP honors in 2012 after racking up 14 sacks, 32 tackles and two forced fumbles, and he’ll be a four-year starter for the Eagles. He joins Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) as the second end in this class.
Texas has now landed three 2014 commits in the past three days after two came Saturday, from center Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper) and defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren).