2014 Athlete Likes UNC Offense

Travon McMillian was among the 2014 prospects with a North Carolina offer to visit Chapel Hill for the "White Out" game against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

"I heard a lot about North Carolina," McMillian said. "I heard they have a good program and about their spread offense. My coach was telling me that he thinks that it's a good fit [for me], because it's the same offense that we run at Hylton. So I just wanted to go up there to see the offense for myself and meet the coaches."

Upon arriving on campus Saturday morning, McMillian, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete from Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton, was greeted by Walt Bell, his area recruiter.

"He was just glad to have me there," McMillian said. "He was telling me to just look around the campus, see if I like it, see if I'm interested, and just keep in touch with him."

McMillian took Bell's advice.

"I loved the campus – it's a beautiful campus," McMillian said. "I just love the atmosphere around there. There are great people around campus. I talked to a couple students when I was there and they said they really enjoyed North Carolina. It has great academics. When I met the coaches, they're pretty cool… And the girls are hot."

During UNC's 48-32 victory over Virginia Tech, McMillian was able to evaluate the Tar Heels' up-tempo, spread offense.

"It's a great offensive system," McMillian said. "They get their athletes in space – that's why they score so many points. It's just like our offense we run at Hylton and I'm really good at that offense, so it would be a good fit for me."

In Hylton's offense thus far this season, McMillian is completing 51-percent of his passes for 730 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions, while rushing for 477 yards and five scores on 81 carries. He has, however, only played four quarters in two of Hylton's six games.

UNC is one of eight schools to have offered McMillian a scholarship. Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia are the other seven.

Most of the aforementioned schools are recruiting McMillian as a quarterback. The exceptions are Maryland (wide receiver) and West Virginia (cornerback).

"It is a big deal – I want to play quarterback," McMillian said. "I feel like I can be really successful in college playing quarterback. I feel like I can dominate. At the same time, if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. I just want a shot to prove I can play quarterback."

Besides UNC, McMillian has visited Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He doesn't have any future trips scheduled but is hoping to make a west coast swing with stops at California and Stanford at some point during his recruitment.

At this early stage of his recruitment, four schools stand out in McMillian's mind – Illinois, UNC, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The quartet is currently equal.

"North Carolina, because of the atmosphere," McMillian said. "Virginia Tech, I like them because of their engineering program. Virginia is a great academic school, also. Illinois, I like the system that they run."

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