Brendan Millon‘s always had a target on his back.
It’s a first-world problem, of course. When you’re the son of two Hall of Famers and the younger brother of a fellow NLF No. 1 recruit, people know who you are. That’s doubly true when you’re a part of one of the best club teams at your age.
So Millon’s always understood the pressure of the scrutiny of the outside world. Despite that, things definitely changed this summer after he helped McDonogh (Md.) to its second straight MIAA title, earning title game MVP honors in the process. He collected the No. 1 spot in the first NLF class of 2025 rankings, and that only made that target bigger.
“There’s not a whole lot of trash talk or cheap stuff in the MIAA, so I definitely noticed a lot more of it this summer,” Millon said. “Every game this summer, I was getting chirped or slashed, but honestly, I kind of love it. It makes it more fun and more competitive and it makes me play better. I wasn’t stressing about being No. 1. I just kind of played and I play with the confidence that I’m No. 1, but I don’t really think about it.”
… And STILL No. 1
Millon maintains his No. 1 spot in the second NLF class of 2025 rankings. He helped Team 91 Maryland win the Millon Events National Championship and SweetLax Summer Challenge and the team also reached the semifinals at the NLF National Championships. He was a Maverik Showtime All-Star, too, on the heels of that exceptional 80-point campaign at McDonogh. Millon was a runaway consensus pick for the top spot in discussions with college coaches and club coaches.
“He’s definitely the best player in the class,” said one offensive coordinator.
“I just think he separates himself from everyone else because he can do everything,” another offensive coordinator said. “He can play with the ball or without it and pretty much always makes the right play. He can go righty or lefty. Brendan fits anywhere in an offense and he can hurt you in so many ways.”
Versatility is Key
There’s always going to be the easy option to compare him to his brother, McCabe. The older Millon is the No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class and recently moved in at Virginia as the crown jewel of another excellent Cavaliers recruiting class. Truth be told, though, the two aren’t very much alike stylistically. McCabe has exceptional athleticism and is more of a slasher than his brother, particularly when initiating from X. Brendan’s always done really well as an off-ball guy, moved into an initiator role early this spring at McDonogh with McCabe out and has proven that he is as dangerous with the ball as he is without it.
“I think versatility is really important,” Brendan Millon said. “I’ve always been taught to have a wide assortment of dodges, styles of play and ways to shoot. The best players are the ones who are able to change it up when opponents think they have you figured out. I like to keep people guessing and not let teams take me out of the game because I’m one-dimensional.”
Where’s Brendan Millon Going?
Millon will be in high demand when Sept. 1 rolls around Friday and colleges can start reaching out to the junior class. He insists that his recruitment is wide open. He wants to make sure that he chooses the best school for him, not just because it was the right fit for his brother.
“He’s dealt with a lot of the same stuff of being the target, but we’ve mostly been talking about Sept. 1 with the process coming up,” Millon said. “He’s giving me tips on how to be engaging, what questions to ask, how to talk to college coaches, etc. He’s just saying to be patient, don’t force committing to school and sit back, enjoy the time and try to have fun.”
Threepeat on Millon’s Mind
Millon will have wrapped up his recruitment long before McDonogh takes the field next spring to defend its back-to-back MIAA titles. Despite losing five-star seniors like McCabe Millon, defenseman / LSM AJ Marsh (Crabs / Navy) and LSM Mac Christmas (MadLax / Duke), among others, the Eagles should be terrific again. That starts with their mentality, too.
“Our team identity has always been that we’re hunting, and that’s not going to change whatsoever,” Millon said. “We’re gonna come back this year with just as much hunger. I think we’re going to have unbelievable leadership. I’m really excited to have a bunch of talent on our offense and I’m going to try to make everyone else better.”
He’s about to make a recruiting class a whole lot better very soon, too.