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April 1, 2013

McMillon makes it official, commits to UT

After narrowing his focus to Texas and TCU over the last couple of weeks, Abilene defensive end Jake McMillon has been on the cusp of making a decision over the last few days after taking visits to both of his favorites last week.

McMillon took in a TCU practice early last week and on Saturday was in Austin with his family for the Texas Longhorn spring game. On Monday morning, he was ready to put an end to the recruiting process.

"He called coach (Bo) Davis and coach (Mack) Brown both after visiting there on Saturday and committed to the Longhorns this morning," Abilene head coach Steve Warren said.

The 6-3, 240-pound McMillon has been a hot topic of conversation among recruiting fans in the state of Texas ever since picking up a UT offer at a Longhorn junior day in February and a TCU offer later that same month. McMillon decided to step away from doing media interviews as he tried to decide between those two programs, and he and his entire family wanted to give both UT and TCU one more look before McMillon made the final call. It was not an easy decision.

"It was tough on him. At the end of the day, he felt really at home (at Texas)," Warren said. "He felt like it's a family down there and he felt comfortable there."

A four-year starter for Abilene, McMillon can play at defensive end or defensive tackle. He recorded 14 sacks as a junior in earning District 2-5A MVP.

"You're talking about a guy that's almost 6-3, 250 pounds, runs in the 4.6s in the 40," Warren said recently. In recent testing at the school, McMillon bench pressed 420 pounds, squatted nearly 600 pounds and power cleaned 310 pounds.

"He has great explosion, great strength. And he's a tremendous kid, a really good kid," Warren said.

"He's versatile. He can play a lot of places on the defensive line. I know (Texas) likes to move their guys around, and he has the speed to play on the edge and he's plenty strong and can play inside. I kind of think that's what they liked about him is that he can help out in different areas."

McMillon becomes the Longhorns' 11th commitment in the 2014 recruiting class. After not signing a single defensive lineman in February, McMillon is UT's third defensive line commitment, joining defensive end Derick Roberson and defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, who committed on Saturday after UT's spring game.

As a junior, McMillon recorded 46 tackles to go along with 14 sacks, he two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


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