Joshua McMillon to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 4-Star LB Prospect

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014

Photo courtesy of 247Sports

One of the top defensive recruits in the nation is officially off the market as linebacker Joshua McMillon has committed to Alabama, according to Riley Blevins of the Jackson Clarion Ledger:

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Memphis native committed to Alabama Friday morning live on ESPN's Recruiting Nation. He's the No. 5 inside linebacker in the country, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Memphis native committed to Alabama Friday morning live on ESPN's Recruiting Nation. He's the No. 5 inside linebacker in the country, according to ESPN.

McMillon is a four-star prospect from Memphis, Tennessee, per 247Sports. The site rates him as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the class of 2015, as well as the No. 216 overall player.

At 6'3" and 239 pounds with supreme athleticism, McMillon has been highly recruited for quite some time. He had his pick of the litter in terms of elite programs, particularly within the SEC, according to Yancy Porter of

Rather than making a rash decision, though, McMillon explored all his options. Per Tim Sullivan of the Detroit Free Press, McMillon was impressed with the situation that Alabama laid out for him in terms of immediate playing time and a scheme fit.

Coach Kirby Smart sat me down and went through the things they like about middle linebackers. My parents were in there with us. They have three positions I can play. They don't have much depth. They need help at the Mike and Will (positions). I could also play the Sam. They are recruiting 6-foot-2 and taller linebackers. They want guys who are 230 pounds and heavier who can move sideline to sideline.

As much as McMillon liked Alabama, he was also extremely complimentary of Ole Miss. Much like Bama, McMillon was under the impression that he had an opportunity to step in and play right away for the Rebels, according to Porter.

They think I have a chance to play as a freshman too. Their returning starter at middle linebacker is graduating and the guy behind him is a junior so I have a chance to get into the rotation as a freshman. They are trying to recruit a middle linebacker in this class that fits the mold they are looking for in the future. Whoever they sign at middle linebacker this year will be the guy in the future for that position. That's a big plus.

McMillon's strong feelings for multiple schools likely mean that he was somewhat torn. Now that he has finally settled on his next team, though, the focus shifts toward making the transition to the collegiate game.

Luckily, McMillon still has one more year of high school football to make further strides before moving on to college. He has been a dominant force in high school, but this final year will be extremely beneficial, particularly in terms of him getting his body college ready.

Based on a recent tweet, McMillon already has the positive attitude necessary to succeed in major college football:

That should go a long way toward making him a success. With that said, McMillon shouldn't set unattainable goals as a freshman.

He was spoken often about wanting to play right away, which is great, but he could also be setting himself up for disappointment. McMillon has to have the mindset of doing whatever is asked of him as a freshman even if it involves being a reserve player.

As long as McMillon comes in humble and ready to learn, he has all the tools necessary to be a great player. He also seems to be a good fit for the system he chose, so it is now up to him to live up to his immense potential.


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