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Former Peters Township, Florida S Donovan McMillon Commits to Pitt

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The WPIAL-to-Pitt pipeline may not always result in immediate success, but it’s always flowing. Pitt has rediscovered that in a big way so far this offseason.

Donovan McMillon didn’t commit to Pitt the first time around, choosing Florida back in 2020 as a recruit in the class of 2021 over a list of finalists that included Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech, but he’s chosen Pitt this time around.

McMillon — a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety originally from Peters Township — entered the transfer portal earlier this month, received offers this time around from Kansas State, Miami, Nebraska, Kansas, Boston College, Mississippi State, Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Minnesota and ultimately committed to hometown Pitt.

Immediately upon entering the transfer portal, Pitt made McMillon a top priority. And McMillon’s commitment comes off a visit to Pitt’s South Side facility Wednesday.

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McMillon didn’t play a whole bunch at Florida, just 109 defensive snaps over his two seasons, according to PFF, but he recorded 30 tackles (18 solo) and a tackle for loss in his limited action.

Most of McMillon’s action — over the course of his 25 games in Gainesville — came as a special teams gunner. But he was able to flash a hard-hitting, sure-handed tackling ability when afforded the chance.

In McMillon’s sophomore season, he recorded 64 defensive snaps — 27 in run defense and 37 in coverage. He missed just one tackle and allowed 19 yards on three receptions (three targets) where he was in coverage.

Most of McMillon’s work came against Eastern Washington and Florida State, upwards of 20 snaps against both opponents.

With the uncertainty of Pitt’s starting safety duo, with Erick Hallett and Brandon Hill both facing decisions of their own, McMillon is a hard-hitting box safety that would fit in well in the mold of a player like Hill.

With youthful options like Javon McIntyre and P.J. O’Brien ready to fill the void at safety in the near future, McMillon is a player who may be expected to fill a key role early.

With McMillon and Phil Jurkovec committing to Pitt since the transfer portal opened, the WPIAL connection is not done yet.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo
1 month ago

H2P

Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

Nice pickup but McIntyre looked really good against Miami. PJ O’Brien also looks promising. This will be an interesting competition.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Donovan is a special teams player these days

Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago

And Aaron Donald wasn’t worth a scholarship except to Toledo and Pitt. McMillon’s future isn’t preordained. Welcome home.

Ed Rose
Ed Rose
1 month ago

He was in his brief time at Florida. He needs a change of scenery and a chance. At Pitt he will get both. You always have BS to say. He should have went to PSU. He could help them hold Michigan to 800 yards next year instead of the 1000 PSU gave up to Michigan this past year. Or help PSU maybe celebrate the only real win on their schedule against Purdue who Syracuse beat.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ed Rose
Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Rose

🙂👍

Dixon
Dixon
1 month ago

From his list of offers, there must be a lot of P5 schools looking for special teams help.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

Ok, coach Troll.

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