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BE’s McMillen joins group headed to Lindsey Wilson

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Football

By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Since the first of the year, Bullitt East senior Taylor McMillen was pretty much set on where he wanted to play his college football.

It just took some extra time to cross all the ‘T’s and dot all the ‘I’s.

Finally, late this spring, McMillen was able to make it all official in a ceremony in the Bullitt East library to play at the next level at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. He will join two other Bullitt County players, teammate Logan Pruitt and Bullitt Central’s Tanner Freeman in joining the Blue Raiders starting later this summer.

McMillen also took a look at Cumberland, Campbellsville and Kentucky Wesleyan before deciding on Lindsey Wilson.

“I pretty much knew what I wanted since Christmas,” the senior said after the official signing ceremony in front of family, friends and teammates. “I went down there for a combine workout. I had an idea I was going to play in college. They said they liked me coming out of the combine.”

While most players know if they want to play college football well before their senior season, most also understand any limitations they might have. McMillen knew he wanted to play at the next level, but he also understood that at only 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds, that he would have to prove himself all over again as he did when he arrived at Bullitt East.

At Bullitt East, McMillen wore the number ‘2’ uniform and his nickname quickly became ‘T2’. The senior said that he would push to get that number with the Blue Raiders, but that it might not work out. As such, he says that he’ll have to work on a new nickname.

The 18-year old son of Donna Segvich and Joe McMillen was working to get his college entrance scores in order during the spring which pushed back his signing date. He is looking to major in either Criminal Justice or Education at Lindsey Wilson.

“I really want to coach,” McMillen said. “That is why I’m thinking education.”

McMillen has grown up with four siblings. Two are older, Devan and Michael Segvich and two that are younger, Sierra and Kiara Segvich.

Football for McMillen began as a 7-year old when he started playing in the Bullitt County Youth Football League. He played for eight seasons with the Pleasant Grove Dolphins before shifting to Bullitt East as a freshman. He saw varsity action in all four seasons with the Chargers.

The highlight for McMillen while playing for Bullitt East was a 99-year kick-off return in a game against North Bullitt.

Special team play is something that he will be looking to do with Lindsey Wilson.

“They recruited me for offense,” the senior said. “They mentioned me being a wing back and on special teams.

“I would like to play defense,” McMillen added. “But, they just need me on offense. I’ll do what ever is best for the team.”

Bullitt East head coach was impressed that Lindsey Wilson did not focus on McMillen’s size in the recruiting process.

“To a degree they saw that, but he doesn’t play that way. When I sent them the film I told then not to look at 5-6. He was an All-District cornerback for us since he was a sophomore.

“They run a spread offense and are looking to utilize him as a back and receiver,” the Charger coach said. “So, he will fit that scheme pretty well.”

At Lindsey Wilson, McMillen will join a young program that is on the rise under head coach Chris Oliver. This will be just the fourth season for the program and they posted a 7-3 record last season playing in the NAIA and as part of the Mid-South Conference. Just in the past few months, the team earned a top-25 ranking for the first time heading into the upcoming season.