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Travon McMillian of Hylton to choose among Cal, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech Thursday

Hylton quarterback Travon McMillian plans to make his college announcement Thursday. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Hylton junior quarterback Travon McMillian has scheduled an announcement for 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium to disclose what college he will attend.

He has winnowed his choices to Cal, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, recently dropping Virginia and Stanford (had not offered) from his top five.

Earlier this month, he had talked about continuing his visits. But on Thursday night he said that he’s just about ready to choose.

“I talked to my parents about it and a lot of new schools are coming in,” McMillian said. “I feel like those three schools give me the best academics and football. That’s why I want to make my decision now. I don’t think I should wait.

“A lot of schools are starting to try to come at me hard, messaging me on Facebook and stuff. I’m just trying to make my decision now and just focus on school and have fun my last year of playing [high school] football.”

McMillian, using his frequently consulted college academic rankings as a reference point, offered a quick pro and con on each of his finalists:

Cal: “It’s the No. 1 public school in the country, No. 2 in engineering. The con is that they want to change my position to safety and would not give me a shot at quarterback. I want a shot at quarterback.”

Georgia Tech: “I think it’s 36th overall as a university and No. 4 in engineering and I like their offensive system. But at the same time, as a quarterback, I don’t want to run the ball 70 percent of the time. I’d be getting hit every play and that can take a toll on your body. I want to try to save my body as much as possible.” McMillian did not visit Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech: “The entire coaching staff knows me. Everyone knew my name. Everyone feels I’m a dynamic athlete. They’d give me a shot at quarterback. They’re 24th in engineering, so I can get both football and academics. The con is that they’re 72nd overall as a university.”

McMillian said that he still is considering all three schools. He plans to attend the Virginia Tech spring game Saturday.

The 6-foot, 190-pound McMillian plans to do the three-caps-on-a-table routine* at his announcement, ultimately slipping on the one that represents his school choice.

McMillian went on to say that the recruiting process is not necessarily wearing on him but that it can be challenging deciding what schools are the best fit and that there is a lot of rhetoric to wade through.

“You have to talk to the coaches and know the coaches and see who’s telling you the truth,” he said. “Coaches can say anything to try to get you to go there, and you’ve got to sort those guys out and cross them off your list.”

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*This again raises the question of what happens to the spurned caps after such events. Do they get returned? Kept as souvenirs? Either/or depending on whether you can find the receipt? If the clerk asks why you’re returning two caps, do you explain that it was all a ruse when you bought three caps in the first place? Should sporting good stores offer rental caps? Does recruiting announcement etiquette infer a maximum of three caps, meaning there’s kind of a cap salary cap? At what point should these announcements take place at hat shops?



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