TJ McMillan has made the most of June. After a 15-month-long recruiting dead period, the Class of 2023 Wheaton (IL) St. Francis High lineman has traveled the country performing at college camps.
The tour stopped at Iowa earlier this month. He'd visited the Hawkeyes before and knows the state well. His brother, Bobby McMillan, played linebacker at Iowa State.
"I liked the opportunity to meet the coaches and be on campus again," TJ McMillan told HN. "I liked learning from (offensive line) coach (George) Barnett and working with him personally. I also liked camping in the stadium."
The younger McMillan reports eight scholarship offers. That group includes Penn State, Arizona State, Missouri, Syracuse and Texas Tech.
A multi-sport athlete, TJ McMillan (6-3, 265) had been attending football camps while playing high school baseball.
"I spoke with coach Barnett, who helped me a lot, as well (assistant) coach (Seth) Wallace. Both said that they liked the way I competed, my athleticism and they liked that I was able to fit in camping there because I was in the middle of our baseball playoffs at the time, too," McMillan said.
He has gained respect for Iowa from his interactions with the coaches and also attending his brother's games against the Hawkeyes.
"It’s a tremendous program that does a really good job of developing guys to make it at the next level. I've been to a few Iowa vs Iowa State games when my brother was playing for State. Those are so much fun," TJ McMillan said.
"I was also on campus for a junior day right before Covid hit. It was great to be back on campus. I love the atmosphere and team environment."
McMillan isn't ready to end his recruiting process anytime soon. He hopes the rest of it includes interactions with the Hawkeyes.
"I want to get to know the coaches a little more personally and continue to build my relationship with them," he said.
McMillan is leaning towards a college major in Sports Management.
During a three-game spring season in '21, McMillan recorded 19 tackles (7 for loss), 4.5 sacks, six quarterbacks hurries and a pass breakup as a defensive lineman. On offense, he accumulated 12 pancake blocks.
Here's a look at his sophomore highlights: