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Travon McMillian with his fiancee Lydia Knepprath

Hylton High School graduate Travon McMillian signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday as an undrafted rookie free agent following the end of the three-day, seven-round NFL Draft.

McMillian was one of 10 rookie free agents signed by Pittsburgh. The others were: Dravon Askew-Henry, S, West Virginia, Ian Berryman, P, Western Carolina, Garrett Brumfield, G, LSU, Jay Hayes, DE, Georgia, Fred Johnson, G, Florida, Alexander Myres, CB, Houston, Chris Nelson, DT, Texas, Trevor Wood, TE/LS, Texas A&M and Matthew Wright, K, Central Florida. 

McMillian said the Indianapolis Colts also offered him a free-agent contract, but he agreed to terms with Pittsburgh since the Steelers called him first at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Daylight near the end of the draft's seventh round. 

At the time, McMillian had just finished watching the Colorado football spring game in Boulder and was about to begin a hike. 

McMillian said Pittsburgh had shown a great deal of interest in McMillian ever since meeting with him at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January. The Steelers also were one of three teams to meet with him at Colorado's Pro Day March 6. 

McMillian leaves May 8 for Pittsburgh's rookie mini-camp. 

McMillian was in Colorado for the draft.

McMillian led Colorado in rushing in 2018 with 1,009 yards. It was the second time he topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his college career. He also totaled 1,042 rushing yards in 2015 at Virginia Tech.

McMillian entered the draft ranked the No. 48 running back available by Mel Kiper Jr.

He played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January and also performed in front of NFL personnel at Colorado’s Pro Day March 6.

He worked out for the Baltimore Ravens April 1 and at the Denver Broncos’ local pro day April 10.

David Fawcett is the sports editor for Reach him at


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