Irish Impress Top 2020 WR Jalen McMillan

April 15, 2019
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Jalen McMillan‍ had the chance to see Notre Dame for the first time on a multi-day trip to South Bend this past weekend and it’s safe to say the 2020 California wide receiver was impressed.

“It was awesome,” McMillan told Irish Sports Daily afterward. “From academics to athletics to the information, it was crazy.”

The opportunities the school provides beyond college really stuck out to the 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior.

“The graduation rate is higher than any other school that I’ve seen,” said McMillan. “I learned the power of a degree from Notre Dame is crazy. You can do whatever you want if you get a degree from there.”

The San Joaquin Memorial High School star also learned more about how he could fit in at Notre Dame on the field.

“That I could play early because everybody gets a chance to play early, but you’ve got to be able to put the work in,” he added. “That was good to find out. Their offense is a great fit for me, they throw the ball a lot. They distribute the ball to their playmakers too, so it’s good.

“They would move me around. I’d be in the slot and at outside receiver.”

McMillan liked hearing that.

“I’m confident that I could showcase my talents there,” he said.

Irish wide receivers coach Del Alexander continues to make a huge impact on the recruitment.

“I love Coach Alexander,” said McMillan. “He’s a great guy. He’s like a mentor, your coach and your friend all in one. He’s a really good teacher.”

McMillan also had the chance to hang out with the current players on the roster.

“They’re a great group of guys,” he said. “They’re smart, they know what they’re doing.”

Notre Dame didn’t seem to leave anything out.

“I got a little sense of everything,” said McMillan. “I saw about everything over there.

“They’re definitely one of my top schools.”

McMillan expects to visit Oregon next and would also like to make stops at Washington, Alabama and Florida.

“I’ll probably drop a top five in like a week or week and a half,” he said.

There’s a good chance the Irish will be included.

 “Notre Dame made a big mark on me,” he said.

McMillan said he will “definitely” be back for an official, possibly for the Irish’s game against USC in October.

He plans to announce his decision a couple months later.

“I’m committing on my birthday, Dec. 7th.”

 
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