The recruitment of Class of 2021 Peters Township safety Donovan McMillon has been one of the major storylines of 2020 in WPIAL football, and on Friday, he narrowed his list of suitors to 10 final schools, after receiving over 40 FBS offers.
McMillon announced on Friday evening that his top 10 will include Arizona State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech.
McMillon hopes to visit as many of his top 10 schools as possible and broke down his options for Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Arizona State: Coach Herman Edwards and co-DC’s Marvin Lewis and Antonio Pierce continue to impart their defensive knowledge on me through Zoom practice/game clips, and FaceTime Chalk Talks. They’ve done a great job showing the role that I’d have defensively and I’m loving it more and more everyday.
Florida: Three of my aunts attended Florida State and are die-hard alumni, so you can obviously assume the friendly competitiveness once the Gators offered me. I tend to be more of a warm weather guy so U of F has piqued my interest. Coach Ron English has defined my defensive purpose for this team … shut down the rest of the SEC by land and by sea.
Georgia: Coach Smart and the University of Georgia Bulldogs play defense the right way: relentless and unforgiving! I love the way they compete. … According to them, there’s only one way to play….DOWN HILL!
LSU: One of my favorite players of all time helped make this university DBU! Coach Busch has been consistent on what he wants in a safety … a player that is aggressive, a ballhawk, and always puts themselves in a position to succeed. That’s one of the reasons that they are the current national champs.
Michigan: Coach Harbaugh and his staff have been there since near the beginning and I really appreciate that. They make me feel like I’m a part of the Wolverine family every time we speak. I’m very impressed with their academics and what they have to offer in the fields that have sparked my interest.
Oklahoma: Every time I speak to Coach Riley and his staff, I can see myself more and more playing in Oklahoma City. The virtual tour of their facilities, academic department, and residential housing was well organized and on point.
Oregon: A few weeks ago I did not know very much about Eugene, Oregon … and then Coach Cristobal and his staff quickly changed all that. The defensive staff has carved out exactly where they want me to play specifically and it’s SOOOOO me! The green and yellow colors are beyond growing on me … they’re slowly but surely starting to make an appearance in my closet.
Penn State ‘We Are!’ This school is the closest one left to my family and every day their staff’s making a stronger and stronger argument why I shouldn’t leave my home state. HC Franklin and Coach Smith have both been an integral part of that. Playing for the Blue and White on a Saturday at noon against another Big 10 opponent is beginning to just make sense.
Texas A&M It’s becoming harder and harder to find reasons NOT to play for Coach Jimbo Fisher, in Texas, along with the 12th Man, at College Station, in an Aggie uniform. The strong academics combined with the high level of competition continues to push the narrative in their favor.
Virginia Tech The Hokies just get it and that’s why they easily complete my Top Ten. Every call, FaceTime, and zoom meeting feels like I’m literally in Blacksburg. HC Fuente, Coach Hamilton and the defensive staff have an iron-clad plan for me defensively and are patiently waiting for me to pull the trigger.
Notably, the closet team to McMillon, Pitt, was not included in his top 10 list. McMillon told PSN that he prefers to attend a school farther away from home.