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Bears Get Their QB in Millner

April 9, 2020
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6-2/185 Higley (Gilbert, AZ) High School QB Kai Millner‍ had the chance to visit Cal last month and the visit and the developing relationship were enough to convince the talented QB to shut things down and commit to the Bears today. 

Millner is a dangerous, dual threat QB who ran for 562 yards as a junior while completing 64% of his passes for 31 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season.

“Looking at all the things I’ve looked for in a program and in a college, they just really fit everything, from the coaches, to the players. And the academics were a big thing, as well,” said Millner in an interview with Sports360 Arizona today. “I just felt like it fit. It’s a great place and I’ll take that on the rest of my journey.”

Millner visited on the last day campus visits were available last month in a bit of fortuitous timing.

“It was great,” said Millner of his visit last month. “Being up there, being able to sit down and talk with Coach Musgrave, Coach Wilcox, Coach Ragle and all of them and being able to see practice was great. I loved it. Everyone was super duper welcoming and the visit was super-productive so I had a lot of fun for sure.

“My relationship with the coaches there is really good. I got to sit down and talk with a bunch of them and it was all great conversations, talking about the program, where they are now, where they’re going. 

“Talking to Coach Musgrave, they talked about what they’ll be doing offensively. I loved his style of offense. I love how they run everything pro-like. You’ll learn a lot being in that system. They do a lot of things that’s going to be trouble for defenses, for sure.”

Millner’s commitment brings the Bears’ total to five so far, with Millner joining 4 star WR Mavin Anderson‍, 4 star TE Jermaine Terry‍, high 3 star OT Bastian Swinney‍ and 4 star DE Akili Calhoun‍ in their talented 2021 class.

The 2021 commits have been active on the recruiting front and Millner was one of their early targets.

“I feel like he’ll fit right in with the rest of our class coming in,” said Anderson. “His commitment at the QB position is huge for us and i look forward to playing with him in the near future!”

“I’m grateful,” said Terry. “The dude’s a baller.” 

“Can’t wait to get rollin’,” added Calhoun.

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Bears Get Their QB in Millner

17,038 Views | 44 Replies | Last: 2 yr ago by BearfanEric
Chapman_is_Gone
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BearfanEric said:

Yes, but why not make a separate thread to complain or gripe instead of posting negative stuff on a commitment thread that the recruits themselves can and often do read? I think the commitment thread should be to welcome the recruit to the team and be honest about the commitment and its impact, not to complain about how the commitment story was writen or cost of the BI subscription or whatever else.
No. I'm done. Go back and read 10 years of posts if you want to know why many of us behave the way we do. I NEVER personally insult a player. But I do expect authors to write complete assessments. And intentionally leaving out a recruit's star ranking because its not a 4 or a 5 -- usually accompanied by a fluffy headline that gets people excited -- all the while putting into the piece the star rankings of only the highest-ranked members of the class, is flat-out lame. It is not "honest," in your words.

If Kai hasn't yet learned, he should stay off message boards for his own sanity. But, this board is TAME compared to most others for other schools. I think it's not Kai that needs somewhat thicker skin -- it is likely YOU. Quit trying to regulate the behavior of other posters.
Chapman_is_Gone
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- More "stars don't matter" arguments. Sigh. Is Weaver the new Alex Mack for today's generation (or insert your own favorite overachiever)? It's wonderful that Weaver was a 3 star. But give me a team of 5 stars, and I'll beat your team of 3 stars 9 times out of 10. Why don't you cite the dozens and dozens and dozens of 3-star recruits Cal has had that never had an impact, never even saw the field?

- If takes more than "5 minutes" to check the recruiting services for star rankings. Multiply the number of readers of this board who would have to do that individually, times more than 5 minutes each, and you can see how much time is being wasted, versus the author simply writing a well-rounded piece. A well-written report would cite the rankings, and then, if those rankings seem low, the author could provide an educated guess as to why a player isn't ranked higher (lack of exposure, small-time school, lower quality league, etc.).

- Burritos, I don't have blind faith in a new coach. Cal hasn't been to the Rose Bowl in 50 years, and yet every single one of the recruits that has played for Cal over those 50 years was "wanted" by some coach. Who cares? Frankly, I hope our coaches "want" some of the Top 100 or Top 50 players out there; if not, they need to raise their standards.

I love Wilcox, BTW. We're getting there...slowly.
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Chapman_is_Gone said:

BearfanEric said:

Yes, but why not make a separate thread to complain or gripe instead of posting negative stuff on a commitment thread that the recruits themselves can and often do read? I think the commitment thread should be to welcome the recruit to the team and be honest about the commitment and its impact, not to complain about how the commitment story was writen or cost of the BI subscription or whatever else.
Quit trying to regulate the behavior of other posters.

Pointing out that your post was inappropriate in context isn't trying to regulate your behavior. And your post history has no bearing on whether your rant in a "welcome" thread is remotely proper. It's not. Agree to disagree? BTW, you're welcome to stay on my lawn.
BearfanEric
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I am not trying to regulate anyone's activity. I am not a member of staff or a moderator. I am simply saying that for the fans that want to be positive and upbeat about a new commit and welcome them, maybe move the critifal chater to it's own thread. Maybe make a welcome thread for the commitment and then a second tread for the assessment of the player and the more critical and negative stuff.
Fyght4Cal
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Welcome to the Cal Family, Kai! We look forward to cheering you on to many victories in the coming years.

Forty years later, the day I received my Cal acceptance letter still stands as one of the Top 5 happiest days of my life. Perhaps it was for many Old Blues here, as well. I'm sure that even our naysayer relates to the joy you undoubtedly feel. Go Bears! Forever.
Patience is a virtue, but I’m not into virtue signaling these days.
jay4e
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Chapman_is_Gone said:

- More "stars don't matter" arguments. Sigh. Is Weaver the new Alex Mack for today's generation (or insert your own favorite overachiever)? It's wonderful that Weaver was a 3 star. But give me a team of 5 stars, and I'll beat your team of 3 stars 9 times out of 10. Why don't you cite the dozens and dozens and dozens of 3-star recruits Cal has had that never had an impact, never even saw the field?

- If takes more than "5 minutes" to check the recruiting services for star rankings. Multiply the number of readers of this board who would have to do that individually, times more than 5 minutes each, and you can see how much time is being wasted, versus the author simply writing a well-rounded piece. A well-written report would cite the rankings, and then, if those rankings seem low, the author could provide an educated guess as to why a player isn't ranked higher (lack of exposure, small-time school, lower quality league, etc.).

- Burritos, I don't have blind faith in a new coach. Cal hasn't been to the Rose Bowl in 50 years, and yet every single one of the recruits that has played for Cal over those 50 years was "wanted" by some coach. Who cares? Frankly, I hope our coaches "want" some of the Top 100 or Top 50 players out there; if not, they need to raise their standards.

I love Wilcox, BTW. We're getting there...slowly.


I never claimed stars don't matter, I just think they're frequently inaccurate and far less of an indicator of talent than both the evaluations of good coaches and the quality of film on the player, especially for QBs.

As a lifelong follower of the Ohio State Buckeyes, I know how good a team of 5 star players is, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there aren't individual cases where a lower ranked player is actually more skilled or even just a better fit for the team than a higher ranked player. Even teams loaded with 5* players offer lower ranked players that the coaches see talent they want in. An example in OSUs case is Malik Hooker, a 3* recruit and recent first round pick. In hindsight, I'd argue that the coaches that saw unrecognized potential in him were right, not the recruiting services that overlooked him.

The coaches want higher ranked players, of course, because they want talented players, and stars are a general indicator of talent, as flawed and inaccurate as they may be. But that doesn't mean that they're pursuing stars; rather, they're pursuing talent, and the stars tend to come with it, hence why I put more stock in Musgrave'd thinking that Millner's talent is a better fit for his offense than that of more highly touted recruits than his ranking.

And if it takes significantly more than five seconds, let alone five minutes, to type "Kai Millner 247" into Google, click the first link, and read the stars and composite rating displayed clearly in the middle left of your screen, then that's definitely not BI's problem.

I too love Wilcox and I've been given no reason to doubt his (and his assistant coaches') talent evaluation skills. We're in big trouble if they can't do that within their recruitment pool better than a national recruiting service can accurately evaluate thousands of kids nationwide.
bonsallbear
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Kai if you've made it this far,please understand there are some on this board that just can't help themselves.
Chapman offers a perspective that is at odds with many but welcomed none the less. I agree with the posters that feel his comments would be better served on a separate thread. That probably won't happen though.
jay4e
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bonsallbear said:

Kai if you've made it this far,please understand there are some on this board that just can't help themselves.
Chapman offers a perspective that is at odds with many but welcomed none the less. I agree with the posters that feel his comments would be better served on a separate thread. That probably won't happen though.


If Kai was actually reading this thread, I'd like to add that regardless of any offseason quarantine debates, Cal fans are united in wishing him success. I'd imagine we'll all be thrilled when he turns into Cal's next unanimous all-american.
BearfanEric
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jay4e said:

bonsallbear said:

Kai if you've made it this far,please understand there are some on this board that just can't help themselves.
Chapman offers a perspective that is at odds with many but welcomed none the less. I agree with the posters that feel his comments would be better served on a separate thread. That probably won't happen though.


If Kai was actually reading this thread, I'd like to add that regardless of any offseason quarantine debates, Cal fans are united in wishing him success. I'd imagine we'll all be thrilled when he turns into Cal's next unanimous all-american.


Exactly my point and I agree.
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