The Hawkeyes will play host to McMillen and other prospects in his grade for an elite junior day. It's an invitation-only event.
McMillen said he began hearing from Iowa at the end of his sophomore season. Eric Johnson has led the Hawkeyes recruitment of the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Naperville (IL) Central High.
"I got invited to an elite junior day so obviously I'm one of the top juniors on their board," McMillen said. "(Johnson has) told me that they'd really like to see me in a Hawkeye uniform. He's just trying to get me to envision what I could do at Iowa."
McMillen helped Naperville Central win the Class 8A state title this fall. The Redhawks missed the playoffs a year earlier.
"(Johnson) said they like how I can move sideline to sideline," McMillen said of the Hawkeyes. "They said that not only am I a powerhouse against the run but I can play the pass well, too. He said they like my versatility overall and my passion on the field."
Northern Michigan has extended a scholarship offer to McMillen, who also reports hearing frequently from Illinois, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois. Michigan State recently visited him at school, he said.
"I definitely would like to see a bunch of schools come in with offers before my senior season starts," McMillen said. "I'll get out to the junior days and some of the summer camps and maybe surprise some of the coaching staffs that haven't offered me a scholarship yet."
McMillen plans to be at Illinois' junior day on Jan. 25 followed by similar events at Iowa State, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan.
"Academics are the No. 1 thing because one day football is not going to be in my life anymore," McMillen said. "I can accept that but I do want to fall back on a college degree from a good university. Besides academics, it's how I fit in with the school, campus life, nice facilities. I also don't want to be with a coaching staff that I don't get along with."
McMillen plans to study kinesiology and exercise science with the idea of becoming a personal trainer. Iowa offers that major.
"That's why I'm really excited about this junior day," McMillen said. "Iowa is actually one of the schools that I don't really know much about. I definitely have a lot of questions to ask Coach Johnson and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. I'd like to get to know, overall, what Iowa football is all about."
McMillen also stands out for the Naperville Central baseball team and reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.