Joshua McMillon made a switch from defensive end to middle linebacker last
season and the change has been a work in progress.
"Right now I would say getting after the passer at defensive end is more instinctive for me," McMillon said. "Linebacker takes a little time to adjust. I started getting a better feel for linebacker at the end of the season. Coach (Rodney Saulsberry) said he saw some improvements at linebacker. Hopefully be the end of my senior season I will have it down pat."
The Memphian reported at the latest combine Saturday at 6' 3", 248 pounds.
"I want to get my 40 time down to a 4.6 to a 4.7. I ran a 4.3 shuttle at the Alabama camp. The Nike Camp (in Memphis last spring) I kept slipping so I am looking to rebound at the next Nike Camp (in Birmingham on March 30th). I want to make The Opening and win LB MVP."
The position he will play on the next level is still up in the air.
"Most of the schools want to play me at linebacker because of my size. They want me at Will or Mike linebacker. Alabama and Auburn want me at Mike linebacker. Some other schools like me at defensive end like Ole Miss and Ohio State but mostly they want me at Mike linebacker."
Joshua had 88 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 10 sacks as a junior.
"I can do a lot better. I played defensive end my first two games and then our middle linebacker got hurt so they moved me to Mike. I am looking to improve in all facets next season."
The Commercial Appeal All-Area selection has been on a few visits recently.
"I have been to Alabama twicw lately. I went to their Jr Day and this past Thursday I went over there for their 4th quarter program. I am going to go to Michigan and Ohio State in April. I also went to Memphis' Elite Jr Day for one of their basketball games. I went down to Ole Miss a few times in the fall and summer too."
The Alabama trips went well.
"I brought my father, brother and nephew and had a great time. I talked to my recruiter and coach (Nick) Saban. I asked them a lot of questions.We talked about their academic programs and facilities. I also got a chance to talk to a lot of their football players. I asked them what the college life is like at Alabama and how they train. The second visit I went to was a special training program for their athletes. I watched them do their drills and what they actually do during the games. I got a chance to talk to their middle and outside linebacker coaches. We talked for a while."
What stood out about the Tide?
"I have to say the amount of attention I am getting from them. Their defense fits my description with their linebackers in the past like Dont'a Hightower and Rolando McClain. They have smaller linebackers right now, and they are trying to get back to having bigger linebackers like they had in the when they were winning national championships. They told me it is a perfect time for a bigger linebacker to come in. They lost their last two games last year, and coach Saban said they are looking for a new look."
The Memphis trip was a success as well.
"It's s a great little school. I love my recruiter. He's s a straight forward guy. They are building a new IPF so they can give them a chance to be the best team in the Athletic conference. They are an up and coming program."
The person in charge of his recruitment for Ole Miss is a Whitehaven grad.
"Coach Maurice Harris knows this program inside out. He went to school here. I am very high on him. He is a great recruiter. We talk just about every day. We keep in contact very well. They won their bowl game last year. I see a lot of improvements. Now I want to see them get a chance to play in the National Championship game. They would be very high on my list if they can do that. They have everything in place. They play a lot of freshmen so you get a chance to play if you go there. That would give me an opportunity to start working on my craft early on in my career."
Coach Urban Meyer stopped by Whitehaven this spring.
"He flew down with their defensive coordinator to see me. They couldn't really talk to me but they said they want me to come up there for a visit and check out the atmosphere and the field. I want to talk to coach Meyer face-to-face and learn more about his program."
The Whitehaven head coach went to Michigan.
"Coach Saulsberry is always telling me how nice it is up there. He tells me it is wonderful up there. I got a chance to talk to coach Greg Madison. He coached Ray Lewis so I want to meet him in person."
The decision process could end before the start of his senior season.
"I would like to make my decision before two-a-days start in August. That is my goal. I will probably have a decision by August.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com