Mark McMillian Jr., who is set to enter his junior year at Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field, will have to prove he is a Pac-12 caliber receiver on the field this fall but he has good bloodlines. His father Mark “Mighty Mouse” McMillian Sr. played collegiately at Alabama and was a cornerback in the NFL for eight years.
“I have always been kind of a longer, skinny, tall guy so unlike my father I have played on offense my whole life,” said the younger McMillian, who stands 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. “I run great routes and am very coachable. I am willing to learn and will do anything to win.”
Buffaloes running backs coach Darian Hagan toured McMillian and his father around Colorado's campus and the team's facilities.
“I expected Colorado's facilities to be older, honestly. But everything was world class and ahead of the game,” he said. “It was a great experience visiting Colorado and great bonding with all the coaches and some of the players. I got basically backstage access.
“Colorado's coaches told me they'll have an eye on me this season. They told me to come out of the gate strong and have a great season. They are anxious to see what I can do. And I am anxious to show what I can do.”
McMillian has also taken unofficial visits to San Diego State and UNLV this summer, and on Thursday, he took a trip up to Fort Collins to check out Colorado State.
“I am honestly just getting a feel for coaches at different schools at this early stage,” McMillian said. “I am trying to stay open minded and just see how things go.”
Max Fine, a Class of 2017 wide receiver recruit from Williams Field, accompanied the McMillians on their visit to Colorado on Wednesday.
Fine is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound receiver that averaged 18 yards per reception on 53 catches, and averaged more than a touchdown per game, as a junior. He might be a walk-on candidate for the Buffaloes.
Cape Coral (Fla.) Island Coast quarterback Kory Curtis stopped by both Colorado and Northern Colorado on Wednesday. Playing at the 6A level in the Sunshine State, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Curtis broke school records for passing touchdowns in a season with 23 and passing touchdowns in a playoff game with five as a junior last season. He also went up to Fort Collins to try to impress the Rams' coaches at a camp on Thursday.
“They want to come to my first game,” Curtis said when asked what type of feedback he got from the Buffaloes' coaches.
Trevor Bowens was also in Boulder on Wednesday. The Class of 2017 recruit from Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union is ranked among the nation's top 100 kicker and punter prospects by both Chris Sailer and Kohl's Kicking. He would likely be a walk-on candidate if he were to join the Buffaloes.