For the past couple years, San Joaquin Memorial senior Jalen Mcmillan has been getting letters, lots and lots of letters.
“I think I had like 140 letters (in one day),” said McMillan. “I have a whole box in my room just filled up to the top.”
Those letters are recruiting letters from colleges all over the country, because, according to the recruiting website 247sports.com, McMillan is a four-star recruit, who is ranked as the 39th best high school player in the class of 2020.
“He just does things that normal high school athletes can’t do,” said Memorial head football coach Anthony Goston.
Jalen has a unique combination of size and speed. At 6-feet-3 inches tall, he has great height for a receiver, and combine that with elite sprinter’s speed — he can run the 100 meters in about 10.5 seconds — and it’s no surprise the senior receiver has accounted for 51 career touchdowns in high school, since getting called up to varsity in week six of his freshman year.
“My ultimate goal would be to go to the NFL,” said McMillan. “Football is an amazing game, so to go to the NFL would be a dream come true.”
He’s one of those special talents that could actually make the NFL dream a reality.
Before that though, he plans on attending the University of Washington next year.
He committed to the Pac-12 power over the summer, choosing the Huskies over offers from many of the top programs in the country, including the likes of Alabama, USC, and Notre Dame.
“I just want to put Fresno on the map, and get kids equal opportunities, and show them that this is possible,” said McMillan, who also won a Valley title in baseball, and qualified for the state track and field meet in the 200 meters, as a sophomore.
Jalen will go down as the one of the best football players to ever play at Memorial.
He’s got a shot at a third straight Valley title in football this year, something no class has ever accomplished at the school.
But Jalen hopes his football success is just a small part of his high school legacy.
“He’s very humbled, and he’s very comfortable in his own skin,” said Goston. “And that’s what makes him different than most stars.”
“I definitely want to be remembered as a good person, instead of a good football player,” said Goston. “I mean, football’s a great sport, and I’m known for that, but I deifnitely want to be known as the kid, who went to Memorial, and put smiles on people faces.”
Jalen McMillan, already one of the Valley’s all-time best, who will eventually be taking his skills to the northwest, is this week’s High School Hot Shot.