Valley Spotlight: San Joaquin Memorial ATH Jalen McMillan

With Fresno State making the Valley a priority to recruit talent, the Barkboard starts a new series to put a spotlight on valley's up and coming talent. The Barkboard's Lucio Ourique caught up with San Joaquin Memorials star freshman athlete Jalen McMillan to discuss his freshman year as a varsity player and the impact of Fresno State recruiting the Valley.

The valley has produced division 1 talent year in and year out. This past year San Joaquin Memorial’s young two way athlete Jalen McMillan was rising through the ranks as one of their premier players.

Last season the San Joaquin Memorial’s coaching staff quickly came to the realization that freshman star Jaden McMillan had to be apart of the varsity squad. Once McMillan made the transition it was quite apparent that the young receiver was one player to keep an eye on for the foreseeable future.

McMillan became a part of the Panthers varsity squad halfway through last season and was quickly inserted into the offense. In the 8 games that McMillan was a part of he was able to record 20 receptions for 379 yards and 2 touchdowns. McMillan was just as effective on defense as a cornerback..


On film McMillan shows that he is more than capable on both sides of the ball. On Defense McMillan proves to be a great tackler in open space wrapping up the opposing player and making the play. He has a great understanding of taking the proper angle allowing him to be in position to make the play. He’s quick on his feet and has a great feel and nose for the ball.

On offense McMillan shows great hands and an ability to elude tacklers.  At 6-foot-2 McMillan has the athleticism to out jump the defender on any given play. However McMillan’s route running ability still has room for improvement. Something that will improve over time. One aspect of McMillan's play making ability that really shines is the ability to return kicks. With the ball in his hands McMillan is a threat to score every time on both punts and kickoff returns.


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