McMillian picks Tech

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Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) star quarterback/athlete Travon McMillian announced this afternoon that he has verbally committed to Virginia Tech, choosing the Hokies over fellow finalists California and Georgia Tech.  The 6’0″, 195-pound prospect is Virginia Tech’s third commitment in less than a week and no. 8 overall in the class of 2014.

Auburn, Boston College, Illinois, Marshall, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia also offered McMillian, who is currently rated a 4-star prospect by and a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports.

As the starting quarterback in 2011 and 2012, McMillian guided the Bulldogs’ varsity squad to 22 wins and an appearance in the 2012 Group AAA, Division 6 state semifinals.  Hylton has lost only four games with the standout athlete at the helm.  As a sophomore, McMillian totaled 2,256 yards of offense (1,394 yards passing and 862 yards rushing) and 27 total touchdowns.  He compiled 2,507 yards (1,313 passing and 1,194 rushing) and scored 28 total touchdowns his junior year.

McMillian wants a chance to compete at quarterback, but he is open to playing another position if it doesn’t work out.  Virginia Tech will give him the chance he wants, but the coaches have also made it clear that they feel he could thrive elsewhere.  Other possible positions include wide receiver and safety, with the latter being the position McMillian will start at on defense his senior season.

“[VT’s coaches] said they feel like I’m a dynamic athlete who can contribute anywhere on the field,” McMillian said in a TSL Pass article on April 10.  “They just want me on the field as soon as possible.”

An excellent student, McMillian carries a 3.9 GPA in the classroom.  He is eying a major in Engineering.

TSL’s Take:  McMillian is an excellent get, particularly because of his athleticism and versatility.  The staff can give him a try at quarterback.  If it works then great, but if not he has good upside at wide receiver and possibly safety.  Judging by the amount of interest the coaches showed in McMillian on the April 6 junior day event (Travon says the coaches, including Frank Beamer, were talking to him throughout the day), this is a player Tech wanted very badly.

Another plus here is that McMillian is good friends with Woodbridge 5-star athlete Da’Shawn Hand, a player Virginia Tech is one of five finalists for.  This can’t hurt Tech’s chances with