LSU finds its quarterback, and he’s not who anybody was expecting


Justin McMillan is no secret in his home state of Texas. It’s just that he’s been virtually ignored by the rest of the country.

But LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron doesn’t care about the rest of the country and what it thinks. He went into Cedar Hill (Texas) and plucked McMillan from one of the best prep programs in the country. Last year McMillan threw for about 2,400 yards and 29 touchdowns in a state that doesn’t produce average talent.

McMillan (6-2/170) is rated a very low three-star prospect, nearly a two-star prospect. Get this: He’s the No. 64 pro-style QB in America, and he’s not even a top 200 prospect in his home state. But LSU feels like he’s one of the best pro-style QBs out there, and on Wednesday he joined the LSU 2015 signing class. His only other offers were from Arkansas State and UNLV.

LSU wants–or wanted–Torrance Gibson, the athlete/quarterback who has made it clear that Auburn and Tennessee are firmly ahead of third-place LSU for his services. The Tigers didn’t have a clear backup plan, either. Then came Cameron’s offer to McMillan. It came this week during an on-campus camp.

“Was there anything to think about?” McMillan told “They have the best defense. They have the top wide receivers in the nation. LSU is a quarterback paradise.”

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to industry composite ranking.


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  • I think I trust Cam to know talent, some of the people that do recruiting evaluations sometimes miss the diamond in the ruff!!!

  • Like I said in the last QB article, you always take a QB and with Harris and Franks already on board we could afford to take a developmental QB. I think this has more to do with McMillan’s 5 star teammate WR Damarcus Lodge.

    • I think we have a winner right there when you bring up Lodge. Look, we have to have some depth at QB. Mettenberger graduated, Rettig and Rivers are transferring, Bolden moved to WR, and several other recruits didn’t work out in the last few years (Jerrard Randall) or never made it to campus (Zach Lee and Jeremy Liggins). This guy may never take a snap at LSU. However, it may help draw his teammate Lodge to LSU and give us the WR we need so desperately to go with Jazz Ferguson and hopefully Tyron Johnson.