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The C.D. Hylton High School player has been in Blacksburg each of the past two weekends.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
With Travon McMillian scheduled to announce his college choice today, debate over his future position is certain to escalate.
There's no question in the mind of his coach at C.D. Hylton High School, ex-NFL defensive back Tony Lilly.
"I think there's a lot of different things he can do," Lilly said Wednesday. "I think he can play quarterback anywhere in the country, to be honest with you.
"I think that's what he wants to do. Again, he's so versatile that he can play four or five different positions."
McMillian (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) has narrowed his choices to Virginia Tech, California and Georgia Tech, with the Hokies the likely choice, given that he has been in Blacksburg on each of the past two weekends.
McMillian, a prospective engineering major with a grade-point average in the 3.8 range, visited Cal and Stanford during spring break. The Cardinal projects him as a safety, an interesting choice considering McMillian's experience - lack of - on defense.
"He hasn't played a down on that side of the ball," Lilly said. "Not yet. He's too daggone valuable at quarterback."
McMillian plays in a spread offense for Hylton, rushing for 1,194 yards and passing for 1,313 as a junior. Lilly puts his speed at 4.48 or 4.49 for 40.
"From a development standpoint, I'd hire him tomorrow as a coach," Lilly said. "He can run our offense and understands every aspect of defense and what we're facing. I'd like to see him put up 2,000 rushing and 2,000 throwing this year."
McMillian completed fewer than 50 percent of his attempts last year, "but that was primarily because we had a real young receiving crew," Lilly observed. "He's very accurate."
McMillian, rated the No. 6 junior in Virginia by The Roanoke Times, is listed with 14 FBS offers by rivals.com.
Lilly said McMillian has not visited Georgia Tech.
"I was with him when he went down to [Virginia] Tech on junior day," Lilly said. "He felt really good about his visit and I encouraged him to go down for the spring game.
"For me, I felt it would be important to see the environment of a game there and get a little taste of that."
Honor for Aiken
Matt Aiken, a wide receiver from Hidden Valley High School, has been named one of the co-captains for the Naval Academy's football team for 2013.
Aiken, injured for the first four games of the 2012 season, came back to catch the winning touchdown pass with 2:02 remaining in the Middies' 31-30 victory over Indiana.
Linebacker Cody Peterson will be joining Aiken, younger brother of New England Patriots longsnapper Danny Aiken, as one of two co-captains.
"Being elected team captain at the Naval Academy is one of the highest honors you can receive at an institution that prides itself on producing great leaders," head coach Ken Niumatalolo said.
Also a Titan
Hidden Valley graduate Sarah Cutright was the female recipient of the Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership Award, which goes to two Guilford College seniors. Cutright, a two-year captain of the Quakers' softball team, has a career-high .438 batting average this year -- third highest in Guilford softball history.
Cutright, a computing and information technology major, was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as a resident adviser and peer educator, as well as a sports-information assistant.
On his feet
Jeff Hanson, defensive line coach at Virginia for the past three years as well as the Cavaliers' recruiting coordinator, has taken a position coaching the defensive line at James Madison.
Since 2006, Hanson has been an assistant at VMI, Richmond, Virginia and now JMU. He was at Richmond three different times in his career - as early as 1971 and as late as 2009.
Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, who played in 17 games the past two seasons and started twice while E.J. Manuel was injured in 2011, has decided he will spend his fifth year elsewhere after graduating this spring.
At the end of spring drills, it appeared that redshirt freshman Jameis Winston, also a starting outfielder for the Seminoles' baseball team, would pass Trickett by the fall.
Trickett's father, Rick, is the assistant head coach at Florida State and coaches the offensive line.
Longtime Virginia Tech football assistant Billy Hite passes along the news that Mike Mansfield, an All-ACC offensive lineman for North Carolina and one-time Virginia Tech strength coach, suffered a heart attack and died in Greensboro, N.C.
Hite and Mansfield were roommates at North Carolina, where they played for Bill Dooley. Mansfield opened a health club after leaving Tech and later worked in real estate.
Michael Crosswhite, a 5-9, 170-pound wide receiver and defensive back for William Byrd, has elected to play collegiately at Bridgewater.
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