Just 10 days following the news that Hayden Rettig left the program, Cam Cameron found himself a quarterback.
Cedar Hill, Texas QB Justin McMillan pledged to Les Miles today after a strong camp performance. McMillan stands at 6'1.5" and 170 pounds, and is currently a 3-star in 247's composite rankings. His only other offer are from UNLV and Arkansas State, so it's safe to say he's an off the radar prospect as it stands now. McMillan's strong camp performance so impressed Cameron he was offered today and immediately committed.
As a Junior, McMillan completed 60% of his passes for 2,367 yards, 29 passing TDs and 10 interceptions. He chipped in an additional 251 rushing yards and 3 TDs leading his team to a 5A State Championship. He earned 2nd team All District 7-5A. He's also the HS teammate to heralded 2015 wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge. So that's convenient.
But the tape speaks for itself; McMillan is a pretty fine prospect in his own right. First off, it's pretty obvious he's a bit short and a bit slight. On tape he looks even shorter than his advertised 6'1.5". He's the tape:
Right off the bat I'm impressed by the release. McMillan gets rid of the ball with quickness and it comes off hot. He's got some mobility to get outside the pocket and do some things, but this isn't Russell Shepard 2.0, this kid can really wing it. I'm impressed by his footwork, and when he does break contain he's always looking down field for a pass. He does a nice job of re-setting his feet to make his throws. He's also got sensational touch throwing up the sidelines on fades. He can really tear drop the ball in with good accuracy. Seeing him throw across his body with velocity shows me enough about his arm strength.
Mechanically, he needs a little bit of work, but his motion is pretty compact and I think it can be tightened up in time. He'll also need to continue to get bigger and stronger, naturally.
Cam Cameron reportedly made McMillan make every throw before offering him a scholarship. Apparently he did well enough to get that offer. Again Cameron has placed the emphasis on adding a player with mobility, but also one that can really throw a deep ball. McMillan can do both those things.
Considering the departure of Rettig, landing a QB became of even greater import this class. Back in April I argued we should take one anyway, so it will be interesting to see if they continue to pursue other targets to obtain further depth. McMillan gives us a nice developmental prospect behind what will presumably be three or four years of Brandon Harris.