That’s not how the rising junior thought it would play out, but he’s grateful.
“I’m enjoying the process meeting the college coaches that you see on TV and stuff like that,” McMillian said. “A lot of people don’t get that opportunity.”
Virginia Tech was the most recent college to weigh in with an offer, after McMillian attended a one-day camp in Blacksburg. That was a key one for McMillian, who has grown up following the Hokies and who has a keen interest in engineering (as does his friend and former Beville Middle School teammate, Woodbridge All-Met defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand).
The 6-foot, 189-pound McMillian’s other suitors so far are Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, West Virginia, Illinois, Marshall and Boston College. All are recruiting McMillian as a quarterback except for Maryland and West Virginia, which see him as more of an “athlete” type.
McMillian said the best fit for him among those schools might be North Carolina, whose new coaching staff runs a spread offense similar to Hylton’s. But he also thinks he could thrive in a pro-style offense.
McMillian, who boasts a 3.9 grade-point average, said his plans for the rest of the summer are uncertain. He continues to impress in the Hylton weight room. He recently joined the program’s “300 Club,” bench-pressing 300 pounds, along with a few teammates, including All-Met linebacker E.J. Levenberry, a Florida State commit.
A returning honorable mention All-Met, McMillian last year led Hylton to its second consecutive unbeaten regular season by completing 96 of 182 passes for 1,394 yards, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He also rushed 185 times for 862 yards and 14 scores. Hylton lost to Battlefield in the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 playoffs for the second straight season after beating the Bobcats during the regular season.
Hylton, which in its season opener Aug. 31 will host Battlefield, will not return a player with more than four receptions a year ago. The out-of-season practices now allowed in Virginia have helped McMillian break in his new receivers.
“We have a lot of guys who can stretch the field and go deep,” he said.
Related: Travon McMillian’s 2011 stats