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Florida adds multi-sport three-star to defensive backfield

July 18, 2020

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Less than 24 hours after receiving the equivalent of a recruiting body blow with the decommitment of four-star cornerback Clinton Burton Jr.‍ Florida was able to regain their footing somewhat with a Saturday evening commitment from Canonsburg (Pa.) Peters Township three-star defensive back Donovan McMillon‍.

After narrowing his list to a top-five of Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech, the Gators won out in the end.

“Head coach Dan Mullen and his staff have relentlessly recruited me over the last few months,” explained McMillon. “Their unified message has been to come compete at one of the only universities ranked both in the top 10 nationally, academically and athletically.

“They view me as a difference-maker on the back end of their defense. My wrestling background really intrigued them which helped me lead my team in tackles on a defense that only gave up 9.4 points per game last year.

“[Florida] has everything I want academically and athletically. My major that I want to pursue is ranked as one of the best in the country. The connection I have with the coaches has been unmatched and I feel a level of comfort with them. The location is ideal for me and my family. I feel that I’ll be able to grow into the type of player I envision myself to be.”

Though Florida moved to the forefront of his list earlier this spring after conducting a virtual visit with the staff, it was his actual visit to campus in June which helped seal the deal.

Because there is a Covid-19 related recruiting dead period, it meant that McMillon and family weren't actually allowed to meet with anyone affiliated with the Florida football program while on campus.

That however didn't preclude the staff from helping to facilitate what he should do while on campus.

“On the Florida visit, the staff sent us two scavenger hunts (on and off-campus) to help guide us to popular locations/sights,” said McMillon. “The highlight of the Florida visit was my ability to get in to see the field and walk throughout the stadium. This was really big because it gave me a chance to envision myself there on game day.”

The recruiting world may only be finding out about his destination today, but the Florida staff has known for a while now.

“Yes, I have [already] told the staff that I am committed,” said McMillon. “The entire staff is thrilled and can’t wait to get me on campus.”

While Burton broadsided the Gator Nation with his flip to Boston College, McMillon has been on track to pledge to the Orange & Blue for several weeks now.

Earlier this week he headlined the ‘It’s only a matter of time’ category in our Midway Point Recruiting Superlatives.

McMillon, who is the No. 378 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite, said that it has yet to be determined whether or not he will take his five official visits this fall.


Florida adds multi-sport three-star to defensive backfield

2,971 Views | 2 Replies | Last: 21 days ago by Romeg8r
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Can we still take Arnold and Collier?

Do you think Burton saw this coming and that's why he dipped out on us?
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Isn't it strange that he says our staff recruited him relentlessly for months but we also keep hearing folks here complaining that our coaches have ignored recruiting during the pandemic? Perhaps those players who claim our staff ignored them really mean our staff didn't offer the enticements others did.
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