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Brendan Millon knew this specific dilemma was going to come up before Sept. 1, but once that date rolled around, Millon saw a more amplified debate come to life in his mind.

Millon knew that mostly everyone expected him to commit to Virginia on account of his older brother. McCabe Millon was the NLF’s No. 1 player in the 2023 class and the crown jewel of the Cavaliers’ freshman class, so it made a ton of sense for Brendan to follow his brother’s lead.


It wasn’t quite that easy for the ‘Hoos, though. Not when just about every school in the country wants you, as they did the NLF’s No. 1 player in the 2025 class. Millon didn’t go in to the process believing what everyone else believed. He wanted to chart his own course, regardless of what advantages one school might have had.

“I had no idea where I wanted to go when Sept. 1 rolled around,” the Team 91 Maryland Fire by way of McDonogh standout said. “Every week, I changed where I was leaning. Once you go into Sept. 1 without having a clear-cut school in mind, that can happen.”

Millon Chooses Virginia

It’s why Millon is the second to last five-star recruit to choose a school. Ultimately, though, the allure of playing alongside his brother for Lars Tiffany‘s powerhouse program was too much to resist. Millon verballed to Virginia, joining LSMs Robby Hopper (Archbishop Spalding, Md.) and Will Pedicano (Delbarton, N.J. / Leading Edge) as five-star recruits in the Cavaliers’ class.

“After a lot of thinking of what I wanted to do between blaze my own path or continue to play with my brother, I realized that I had so much fun with him and I love him so much that I want to continue to be on the same attack line as him,” Millon said. “After a lot of thought over the past week, I felt that my heart was at UVA with my brother. Being able to share the past two years with him, with every practice, drive to practice and time on the field, it’s just going to be accelerated. We’re going to be playing for so much more and the stakes are higher because it’s ACC college lacrosse. I couldn’t be more excited to spend more time and to share that passion and love on the field for two more years.”

A Special Prospect

Millon earned the top spot in the first set of NLF rankings after a stupendous 47-goal, 33-helper campaign as a sophomore. He capped it off with a four-goal, one-assist performance in the MIAA title game to lead the Eagles to their second straight league title. He fended off others for that top spot after the summer because he’s a do-it-all attackman who can play any role in an offense.

Millon’s versatility, off-the-charts IQ, two-handedness and creativity made him the biggest fish in the 2025 recruiting waters. Virginia, led by Tiffany and new offensive coordinator Kevin Cassese, put together their best pitch for Millon.

“Coach Cassese had an extremely elaborate plan for me and he’s always been really good to me,” Millon said. “On the one visit, he drove up to my house and brought my brother with him as a surprise. Coach Tiffany’s always been great to me, to. I loved the campus, too, after being there to drop off McCabe and then again after my visit. Coach Tiffany seemed really excited when I committed. He told me he was nervous when I called, but he was definitely happy after that. Virginia’s always been a strong team and they always get in a position to compete for a national title. I was looking for a chance to at least be in those spots.”

Bad News for Defenses

And as for his older brother and future Virginia attack linemate?

“He was so pumped,” Millon said. “He was very good to me during the entire process. He didn’t recruit much and just tried to be the older brother that he should be. We’re both extremely excited.”

ACC defenses, though? Probably not so much.