Millender Going Back to Iowa

Tori Millender made a round of junior day visits this winter. The Illinois linebacker is set for return trips to many of those schools in the spring. See where he's headed and get the latest on his recruitment in his update.

Tori Millender is a victim of circumstance. As a linebacker in a 3-4 defense, there are questions about how his game would translate to a defense utilizing a four-man front.

"On my film, we don't play a lot of man," Millender said. "I don't have any film of me going one-on-one with running backs. It's just that blank hole on my film right now.

"Iowa told me they want to see me in space a little bit more. That's fine because I know I can do that."

Millender reports a a scholarship offer from Purdue. The Belleville (IL) West High junior is hearing consistently from Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern and Missouri, he said.

Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Northwestern played host to Millender at junior days. He's scheduled to be back in Evanston this weekend and in Iowa City on April 6. He's also planned to see Purdue, Illinois and Missouri this spring.

"(Recruiting is) going pretty well," the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Millender said. "I'm taking visits here and there. There's interest here and there. It's going pretty well."

Millender is hoping that his participation in a couple of spring combines will garner him more scholarship offers. He's also open to attending team camps this summer to prove his value.

"If that's necessary, I will, but at this point in time I'm not trying to," Millender said. "But if I have to, of course I will."

Eric Johnson leads the way in the Hawkeyes' recruitment of Millender.

"They're very interested in me," he said. "Coach Johnson told me that they only have a couple of linebackers that they're looking at and I'm one of them. He said there are going to be holes in their linebacker spots that I can come in and play."

Millender attended Iowa's junior day in January.

"Iowa was perfect," he said. "They have great facilities, a great coaching staff and a great program. They had one bad year but that staff is stable. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and them, they're not going anywhere. So, they're great."

Millender wants to major in business in college. He might specialize in marketing, finance or computers.

"Right now, I'm taking it slow, real slow," Millender said of the recruiting process. "You never know what can happen after the season. If I find that perfect place and I just know that's the place I want to be, I might commit. As of now, it's a slow process."

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