T.J. Millweard’s home may be in Forth Worth, Texas, but he was well aware of Virginia Tech’s accomplishments on the football field. But the 6-4, 230-pound rising senior quarterback’s initial interest in Tech, one of 15 schools he sent film to this winter, went beyond the gridiron.
“There is the great football tradition there. Also, my dad and some of his friends in the business world commented that some great applications had come across from Virginia Tech,” said Millweard, who hopes to pursue a business major in college. “A friend of mine from Nolan [Catholic] went to Virginia Tech and loved it. That all got me to give it a hard look.”
Virginia Tech reciprocated Millweard’s interest by becoming the first school to offer a scholarship. In February, the standout prospect, accompanied by his parents, made the trek to Blacksburg for an unofficial visit. Days later, he would become a member of Virginia Tech’s 2012 class.
“It is a package of things,” Millweard said of why he chose Virginia Tech over interest from California, Missouri, SMU, TCU and others. “Of course, there is the great football tradition and program. That was one of the things. But then there is great education with it. I want to make sure I get a great education. Virginia Tech offers both things with it. Once I met the people and the coaches, those things put it over the top. I knew this is where I wanted to be.”
Millweard didn’t commit on the visit, deciding instead to return home to consider the option further.
“We have a saying in our family when there is a tough or major decision. We say, let’s sleep on it. That’s what I did,” Millweard said. “I talked to my coach on Friday night. I slept on it Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and I went to school on Monday. I was still thinking about it through school. At dinner that Monday night, I talked about it with my family and went ahead and committed.”
Originally a member of the 2011 class, Millweard reclassified to 2012 after missing most of the 2009 season due to mononucleosis. He attended Nolan Catholic High School for three years before transferring to All Saints Episcopal prior to the 2010/2011 school year. Football-wise, the transfer meant a change in offensive philosophy, as Millweard went from a pro-style I-formation system at Nolan to a shotgun spread system under All Saints...
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