The feeling of sureness persisted, one that he’d made the right decision in the second go-around in his college recruitment. Clay Millen could hardly believe the words coming out of his mouth as he landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday night.
The Mount Si senior quarterback, who de-committed from Arizona last month after the football program underwent a coaching change, left Reno on Monday with his heart set on committing to Nevada over Colorado, the only school that kept its offer from the first go-around.
“They put up huge numbers,” Millen said. “It’s a great place to be a quarterback.”
He felt sure, but decided to sleep on it to be safe. And on Tuesday morning, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound QB woke up and called the coaches at Colorado to inform them he'd be committing elsewhere. Tuesday night, he got to have a much easier conversation with the Nevada coaches.
Millen, a four-star prospect according to 247 Sports, announced his commitment to Nevada, where he’ll sign his national letter of intent to play on Wednesday's national signing day.
If you’d have told Millen three weeks ago he’d be committing to Nevada, he would have been hard pressed to believe you. The Mountain West school didn’t really recruit him during his first go-around. When Millen postponed signing with Arizona on the first day of the early signing period in December in the wake of the school firing head coach Kevin Sumlin, Nevada coaches started texting him, and lingered these last few weeks as an enticing second option.
In his one year of starting for Mount Si, Millen left little doubt that he was capable of playing in the Pac-12. He threw for more than 3,000 yards on a 71 percent completion rate and connected on 39 touchdowns opposite one interception in the state's large school classification, leading the Wildcats to the 4A state semifinals as an 11-seed with an innate ability to evade pressure, keep plays alive and make throws downfield on the run. He was SBLive's No. 8 most impactful player in the state in 2019.
Nevada didn't officially offer at first, but it was implied. Millen could tell from the tone of the texts: they wanted him to join the Wolf Pack.