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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
DE McMillon to make Central Texas rounds

By Damon Sayles

Defensive end Jake McMillon (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) has been a player to watch since his freshman year. Few 14-year-olds get the opportunity to start on varsity, much less shine.

Fast forward two years, and McMillon now is preparing for the most important offseason of his high school football career. McMillon has two offers and is getting ready for his next two junior days. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end will trek to Central Texas for Texas’ junior day on Saturday and Texas State’s junior day on Sunday.

McMillon said he has high interest in Texas and is looking forward to the trip. He also is intrigued by Texas State, which just completed its first year of FBS play. He is being recruited to Texas by defensive line coach Bo Davis and to Texas State by defensive tackles coach Reuben Vaughn.

“Texas is a great school with great facilities,” McMillon said. “I went out there for their spring game, and I enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to seeing what they’ve got going on.

“I haven’t learned much about Texas State yet, but that’s why I’m going down. It’ll be a good weekend for me to learn more about them. Coach Vaughn is a good guy.”

McMillon has been a playmaker for Abilene for the past three seasons. He finished his junior year with 47 tackles -- 37 of those solo -- and 14 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and finished with two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.

McMillon is a big defender with solid speed. He’s been clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, and he’s able to bench press 370 pounds twice. McMillon also squats 500 pounds.

He’s watched his recruiting stock rise, and he’s hoping to see it continue to escalate. McMillon’s already visited Oklahoma, Texas Tech and SMU for junior days, and he’s planning on taking in spring practices at TCU, Baylor and SMU between now and April.

“Everything is pretty crazy right now,” McMillon said. “I’ve been leaving every weekend going to visit places, but it’s been a lot of fun.”