Is No. 1 Linebacker Raekwon McMillan Staying in SEC Country?
The top linebacker in the class of 2014, Raekwon McMillan, (Hinesville, Ga. Liberty County) is big, strong, powerful and makes opposing running backs think twice about running at him, but it’s McMillan who could be thinking twice about which school is his leader.
Ohio State and Clemson were believed to be the two favorites for the 6-3, 235-pound inside linebacker, who is the No. 1 ranked linebacker in the 247Sports.com composite rankings and is a top-20 recruit overall. After competing at the Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte this past weekend, he claims no leaders at the moment.
The Buckeyes were tabbed as his initial leader Oct. 21 and he took an unofficial visit to Columbus Nov. 24. The Clemson Tigers were thought to be right behind the Bucks in the pursuit of the explosive downhill defender after he attended the school’s Junior Day on the heels of a Nov. 17 visit. However, now three SEC programs are trying to pursue McMillan who has made a career out of his pursuit ability.
Georgia, Alabama and Florida are all going to be hosting McMillan this summer for visits and those trips to SEC country where McMillan resides could prove to be awfully persuasive. The Crimson Tide welcomed McMillan for the school’s Junior Day Jan. 26 and told he Chad Simmons of Scout.com just how great of an experience it was for him.
“Kirby Smart is a great coach and a great recruiter and I like him a lot. He has a great defense every year and having a chance to play beside Reuben Foster at linebacker would be great too. Alabama is just a great program with all their tradition, the way they win, and they are coming on strong for me.”
Initially, the thought of playing with Foster didn’t appeal to McMillan, but he has since had a change of heart and the two would be an incredible pairing in the middle of Kirby Smart’s defense if he were to go that route and head to Tuscaloosa next fall.
Scouts love to talk about the incredible size McMillan possesses. He already has the size to compete at the college level, and shockingly enough some even think he’s too big. However, one characteristic that doesn’t get mentioned enough when talking about McMillan is his sharp and acute instincts which are second to none in the linebacker class.
After he takes these visits this summer, you can expect his instincts to lead him to make the best decision for him and for his family.
It was once thought to be a foregone conclusion that decision would take him out of SEC country, but now that doesn’t necessarily appear to be the case. Alabama, Georgia and Florida will make it hard on McMillan to say no to their pitch.
McMillan is coming off a season where he racked up 152 tackles, 22 for loss, seven sacks and forced five fumbles.