McMillon has 'great' trip to Rocky Top

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Scout four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon had some catching up to do with Tennessee coaches.

The last time the Whitehaven (Tenn.) High School standout was on campus was nearly eight months ago.

After being "hounded" by Vols coaches for a "long time," McMillon finally got a chance to make the drive from Memphis to Knoxville this weekend to take an unofficial visit to Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was certainly glad he did, describing the weekend as "awesome."

"It was just a great experience," McMillon told InsideTennessee.

McMillon claims his favorite part of Tennessee is any chance he gets to speak with Vols head coach Butch Jones, adding he left Knoxville more impressed "than ever" with second-year headman after a "brief" talk.

"You can tell he's just a driven guy," McMillon said. "He's a go-getter."

McMillon said conversation centered on Tennessee's future. The nation's No. 23 outside linebacker now fully believes the Vols are headed in the right direction.

"Most definitely," McMillon said when asked if he thinks Vols are in the right hands with Jones.

While he doesn't consider it a "top priority," McMillon said he likes the idea of playing for a winning program.

But other than playing for a winner, McMillon doesn't have a set list of criteria he's looking for in schools.

McMillon said he's not focused on early playing time, adding that he sees the benefit of being able to sit a year, learn the ropes and hit the weight room.

The same goes for big stadiums and brand new facilities.

"I'm not looking for something specific," McMillon told IT.

The recruit of very few words is simply searching for a place where he feels comfortable.

Tennessee gets a checkmark there.

"It's a good school," McMillon told IT. "I like the Vols. I felt comfortable."

But the search for the perfect program – that place where he just feels comfortable – is far from being called off.

McMillon has no leaders or early favorites. He plans to visit Michigan and Ohio State sometime in April.

"I just want to look at all my options and respect all the people recruiting me," McMillon said. "There's a lot of good places and a lot of good coaches that want me."

Tennessee tight ends coach Mark Elder is serving as McMillon's primarily recruiter and McMillon certainly lumps him in the category of "good coaches." "Our relationship is very good. I like him a lot," McMillon said of Elder. "We talk a lot. We talk all the time. We have a very good relationship."

McMillon said he still has no timetable for a decision let alone when he'll produce a list of leaders.


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