Almost every year there are guys who seem to slip through the cracks. Players who are terrific high school athletes but for some reason can go unnoticed by the recruiting services and even some of the colleges.
Oviedo (Fla.) defensive lineman Clint McMillan can fit that description. For the most part an unknown for much of the summer, FlaRecruiting.com followed a tip and interviewed Clint earlier this week. It's now just a couple days later and there is some big news to report.
Clint McMillan is going to be a Florida Gator.
Following an impressive performance at the University of Florida camp earlier this summer, Coach Ron Zook and staff decided to present a scholarship offer to Clint and he accepted. Clint McMillan becomes the Gators' third commitment for the Class of 2003.
"Florida called me through my coach at Oviedo, Coach Register," McMillan said. "They said if you're ready to make a commitment then call us. Then I called them back because they're not allowed to call you first until September. I talked to Coach Jerry Odom and he asked, 'do you want to be a Gator?' I really did want to be a Gator so I said yes."
Clint also spoke with the head Gator, Coach Zook.
"He said that he's real excited to have me in the program and he liked the way I played," McMillan said. "He said he expects good things from me coming up in the fall."
McMillan, who is 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, will play middle linebacker for Oviedo this fall. However he will most likely be playing on the defensive line in college. McMillan runs the forty-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and is working with a professional speed coach to improve his speed even faster. Clint said his exact position wasn't discussed in the conversation with Coach Odom and Coach Zook.
"It wasn't really made clear on position but probably a defensive lineman," McMillan said.
Clint McMillan is interested in UF's law program and might focus his studies there when he enrolls about a year from now. He believes he will be taking an official visit this fall.
"I'm supposed to have an official visit in the fall," McMillan said. "They haven't set a date, probably sometime later in the year."
Florida was Clint's first offer but he was also being heavily recruited by Florida State, UCF, and Michigan State. He is fully qualified with a 3.7 grade point average and a 1050 on the SAT.
The Gators also have commitments from Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte quarterback Justin Midgett and Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer athlete Jermaine Moreira.
Oviedo DT attracting attention - July 30, 2002