Football is in the blood for Abilene, Texas defensive end Jake McMillon. Before him, his father played at Abilene Christian, his uncle at Baylor, and his grandfather at TCU. So it comes as no surprise that the 6-3, 225-pound defender is quickly attracting attention for his play on the gridiron.
His play on the gridiron and in camps has already piqued the interest of several college programs. This summer McMillon camped at Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, and Baylor, and was scheduled to attend a Texas camp but a hamstring pull kept him out. However the camp season was a success, and McMillon learned a lot from the experience.
"TCU was kind of like a combine and then we broke up into positions. Those coaches knew what they were talking about," McMillon said. "I liked that a lot. The Baylor camp was more about position work and I got a lot out of that camp. A&M, I learned a lot about A&M as well and did some combine stuff too."
This fall he is focused on his season, but he has been able to take a few unofficial visits.
"It's been pretty good. I've gone out to a Baylor game, TCU game, and an SMU game," McMillon said. I"t was really nice. I really enjoyed all of them. I liked the Baylor one a lot and the TCU one. TCU has that new stadium. It was pretty cool. I enjoyed that."
With so many ties to so many programs, he did not really grow up with a favorite, but one school may have a bit of an ace up their sleeve.
"I have not had a favorite school, but my sister goes to Baylor so she's kind of pushing them a little bit," McMillon said.
While he did not have a favorite growing up or one now, staying in Texas is something he would like to do. He also has a few more qualities he is looking for in a future college program.
"I guess I'm looking for facilities and to have a good relationship with the coaches," McMillon said. "Academically, I'm not quite sure what I want to do but that's going to be key as well."
McMillon has been a varsity starter for the Eagles since his freshman season, and was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore. He is once again off to a fast start as a junior helping Abilene High to a 5-0 start in 2012.