Countdown to Signing Day: ATH Travon McMillian

by JustinC on February 3, 2014 · 4 comments

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508361 Countdown to Signing Day: ATH Travon McMillianOf all the commitments in this class, Travon McMillian might be the one that’s the toughest to read on what his future may hold. The Hokies have mentioned that he may enter at a quarterback but with Tech also bringing in two highly touted QBs as well, my guess is McMillian’s time behind center may be short lived.

On the surface, the northern Virginia native is well built with a stocky frame that could easily grow to 220 pounds in college. At that rate, he could play anything from wide receiver to cornerback to safety to WHIP linebacker. Where exactly McMillian is going to land on Virginia Tech’s depth chart is a bit of an unknown at this point.

What we do know is that McMillian chose Virginia Tech over Stanford and Cal, two very prestigious academic schools in the Pac 12. Academics are extremely important to him and the Hokies won a big battle here by keeping him in-state. Physically, McMillian is what you want in a prospect. He has good size for a skill position player, good speed around the 4.55 range in the 40, and enough athleticism to allow you to move him around until you find the right fit.

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Virginia Tech, Auburn, Boston College, California, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Marshall, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

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You can view McMillian’s highlight film on HUDL here.

Freshman Impact

When recruiting services evaluate talent they sometimes overlook intelligence and football IQ. Some guys have a high football IQ and some guys don’t. McMillian is the type of player that can soak material in and then become an extension of the coaching staff on the field. His coaches at C.D. Hylton gave him a long leash over the past two years as the team’s starting quarterback.

Despite that, I just can’t see McMillian playing this fall and the fact that he’s coming in expecting to study Engineering, it may be best to let him get into the flow of his academics before putting too much of a burden on him athletically. McMillian will need to find the right fit on this team. It could be at quarterback but going on past history, it’s more likely he’ll end up at wide receiver or on the defensive side of the ball at rover.

That said, his senior film (linked above) is promising and I think there's enough there for Scot Loeffler to give him a long look at quarterback going forward.  Height is a bit of an issue but at the collegiate level, I think height at QB can be overrated.  Mechanically, McMillian is solid although his follow through could be shortened a bit.  He also shows the ability to go through reads better than most quarterbacks I've evaluated over the past five years. 

Needless to say, I have no idea what the next two years will hold for McMillian. On one hand, I think he has what it takes to be a good quarterback at the D1 level.  However, I think he has an easier path to see the field at wide receiver or on defense.  Plus, if he gets beaten out by either Chris Durkin or Andrew Ford, he'll be on pace to be a career backup, which is something he probably doesn't want to be.  So, where McMillian ends up will be an interesting storyline to follow from this 2014 class. 

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GBD February 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm

One of my favorite recruits I think he’s going to be very good.

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kenroe February 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

He is probably the best Qb we have coming in but basicly Loeffler is anointing Ford and Durkin as co-starters from day one based on his comments on Hokiesports.com recruiting day interview. Unfortuately McMillian won’t get a fair look at Qb which i dont undersatnd cause we’ve always been successful with MV and TT types. Have you noticed since LT’s lack of mobility and lack of ability extend plays we have been losing more consistently???!!! Just saying food for thought!!!!

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kenroe February 6, 2014 at 6:52 am

This is random but these Va kids have NO PRIDE in they’re home state comstantly SELLING OUT to go OOS when we consistently have a top 10 def every year and it jus burns me that these kids have such a BIGHEAD that they arent down-to-earth enough to put on for the best program in there on state its rediculous smh!!!! I hope these DUDES that are to BIG for Va Tech don’t end up like Phillip Simms!!!!!!!!

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fernleyhokie February 24, 2014 at 12:57 am

whoa dude. Dial back the hyperbole and vitriol a little

first, if VT wants the top talent in VA then they need to win that kid over. Not the other way around.

second, these kids are making a decision that will impact the rest of their life. Saying dumbass things like they have “no pride” for choosing to go out of state is as pathetic as saying they are “selling out” or have “big heads”. Whether they choose to go OOS or not is their choice and if they are considering in-state then see point #1 above.

I personally want kids that really want to be at VT. Not kids that are coming for a chance to play early or whatever other superficial reasons. You see tweets like Kamara saying that “winning doesn’t matter” because he just wants to use college to move to NFL is exactly the type of recruit I don’t want. No matter how many stars they have or from VA. Let them go elsewhere, UVA or OOS.

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