National Signing Day 2011 has not even been in the books for 24 hours yet but colleges have already turned their attention to the next recruiting cycle. The Class of 2012 is now officially on the clock.
Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal quarterback TJ Millweard watched the area's seniors sign with schools across the country. However, he also received a phone call Wednesday evening informing him of his first offer.
"I was offered by Virginia Tech yesterday," the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Millweard said on Thursday evening. "I called them yesterday and talked to the quarterback coach (Mike O'Cain) for a little bit and then he offered me last night. It came as a surprise. It's a great program and I'm really excited about the offer and I was just really shocked."
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Virginia Tech does not usually recruit the state of Texas very heavily, if at all, but it is was diligent work by Millweard that landed him on the Hokie radar.
"I sent my highlight tape to them and have sent them letters trying to get their attention," he said. "I'd say I have about 10 to 12 schools that I've been doing that with, showing them interest. Those are the schools I have a lot of interest in right now.
"I've been in contact with some of them just through the mail saying, 'I've received your info,' and things like that. I've talked to a few of the schools on the phone and I've emailed a few as well."
Millweard says several schools have his attention early in the recruiting process. He has family ties to a few of those programs as well.
"I'm interested in Duke, SMU, TCU, Missouri, Virginia Tech of course, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kansas State and those schools right around there," he said.
"My dad went to SMU. I was born in Texas and then moved to Kansas because of my dad's work. I lived there until 8th grade when we moved back to Texas. My mom actually went to the University of Kansas so I grew up watching them too. My sister went to the University of Missouri and is an alum from there so I watched them too."
For the moment, the big quarterback does not have any campus visits set up. That should change next week when he and All Saints head coach Aaron Beck talk about the process.
"I don't have any junior days planned just yet," Millweard said. "Coach Beck and I are actually sitting down together next week to go through and see what schools I want to go to and what he thinks would be best for me."
Millweard transferred to All Saints this year from Fort Worth Nolan, where he lost his entire sophomore season due to a severe case of mononucleosis. As a junior he passed for 1,621 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for another 464 yards and four scores.