Cougar legacy's tape has him in crimson orbit

JOHNNY MILLARD, son of CougGreat Keith Millard, has seen interest from Washington State ramp up. The reason? The 6-2, 185-pound strong safety prospect earned it -- he's a testament to the power of moving pictures. Indeed, the day his tape landed on the desk of Paul Wulff, the WSU head man talked to him the same day. And now on January's schedule, an official visit to WSU plus an in-home visit.

"Toward the end of my season we gave them my senior highlight tape," said Johnny Millard, out of Pleasanton, Calif., just outside of Oakland. "My dad talked to coach Wulff and after he got the tape, he gave me a call immediately," said Millard.

Not long after that, said Millard, two Cougar coaches, recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen and area recruiting coach Harold Etheridge came down to watch one of his games. Millard performed well and soon after, talk about an official visit to Pullman began.

"They said, 'We're interested, we really want to get you on an official visit and we see you as a safety,' and that's pretty much how it all started. They've stayed in steady contact ever since over the phone and through emails so it's been turning out great," said Millard.

MILLARD SAID Etheridge comes down next week for an in-home visit. And he might not be alone.

"Coach Wulff might also be around here then so he might come and do the home visit with him, too," said Millard.

Millard's official to the Palouse is slated for Jan. 23.

THROUGH 11 GAMES this year at Foothill High, Millard put up some crooked numbers -- 116 tackles, 23 for loss, 12 pass break ups, 9 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions.

"I caused a lot of fumbles, which I kinda take pride in... (WSU) has said strong safety. For my school I played outside 'backer but then I'd drop back to free (safety). They said I was pretty good in the box and they liked how I was able to get a lot of tackles -- cover a lot of area and make a lot of tackles whether they were on my side or not," said Millard.

Millard, who generally runs the 40 in the 4.58-to-4.62 range, said WSU and San Jose State have been showing the most interest. SJSU attended a few of his games where he played offense and have talked to him about possibly playing slot receiver.

MILLARD IS A star in the classroom as well, with a 3.63 GPA and a 1720 score on the SAT.

Father Keith, an unholy terror on Washington State's defensive line in the early 80's before a standout NFL career than included the league's Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1989, has hugely impacted the younger Millard's football development.

"He's been with me every step of the way, no pressure or anything like that," said Millard. "Throughout all of my positions, every offseason, he's always been training with me, he's always helped me get better. And he's been through it, he knows what it takes, so I'm really fortunate and blessed to have him -- he's such a great teacher.

"Everything has kind of happened a little bit later maybe than some other (recruits) but everything has been going really good though. I feel really fortunate colleges are coming along, they got to see my highlight tape and have come down to see a couple of my games. So I'm fortunate, for sure," said Millard.

There are two highlight clips from Millard's senior season on his page -- from his first eight games and his two playoff games. They primarily focus on his defensive snaps. However, and speaking to his versatility and athleticism, Millard also was a slash player on offense for Foothill particularly late this season -- playing the Wildcat role (direct snap), playing the slot, running back and even tight end.

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