Millington lists five favorites

At 6-6, 300 pounds, Wheaton North's Akim Millington is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest. With just two hours separating Millington's home from the UW campus, the Badger coaches have made a strong effort to land the Illinois blue-chipper. Millington has named his five favorite schools.

At 6-6, 300 pounds and living just two hours away from Madison, Wheaton North (IL) left tackle Akim Millington is one of the Badgers' top offensive line targets this season.

Millington includes Wisconsin amongst his top five schools heading into an unofficial visit to Madison August 5. The other four include Illinois, Iowa, Miami and Oklahoma. He said he is planning on making official trips to all of his finalists, provided he enjoys his first visit to Wisconsin in a couple of weeks.

"Depending on how my visit goes August 5, I will probably make my decision to make an official visit from there," Millington said. "I'm pretty sure I will enjoy it a lot."

There are 2-3 other schools Millington is considering on the fringe, but it's likely his final choice will be one of the schools within his current top five. His favorites are the schools that paid the most attention to him early in the process, and have been involved for the long haul.

"These are the schools that have done stuff with me from the beginning, and I feel the most comfortable with their coaching staffs and programs," Millington said.

Millington said a school's offensive line tradition, coaching staff, academics and willingness to let him compete in track/field are the primary factors in his decision process.

The fact that every UW left tackle since 1990 has advanced to the NFL is certainly in the Badgers' favor. "(Offensive Line) Coach (Jim) Hueber is very inspiring," Millington said.

Millington plans to major in physical education, with a minor in either journalism or culinary arts. He wants to pursue a career in the NFL, but hopes to eventually become a strength coach, football coach or track coach at the high school or college level.

Last spring, Millington finished sixth in the state in discus (164-7), while narrowly missing the state finals in the shot put (53-7 ½). But perhaps his most satisfying work took place on the track. Despite his gargantuan frame, Millington participated in the 200-meter dash, 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 relays.

"When I first ran (the 200), I got a :35," Millington said. "I heard a really good time would be :23-24, and I worked on it. Within three weeks I got it down to :27. That was a huge ego boost for me."

While Millington has narrowed down his list of schools to five favorites, he doesn't plan on making his decision until Feb. 7, National Signing Day.

"I will be going on vacation for Christmas, so I will have all my visits in by then," Millington said. "I will see where I feel the most comfortable, and where I can pursue my academic and sports careers to the best of my abilities. And I will (announce) my decision on National Signing Day."

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