The recruitment for the nation’s top middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga. Liberty County) is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing events to monitor throughout the course of the next few months. His leaders have fluctuated with each visit for the 6’3, 249-pound beast of a defender as one might expect.
Alabama was an early leader when the lure of playing in SEC country and alongside Georgia native and fellow inside linebacker Reuben Foster had the Crimson Tide out in front early. However, then a visit to Columbus to check out Ohio State had him rethinking where he wanted to play because of the incredible atmosphere and opportunity for him to contribute early.
Ohio State is now in the driver’s seat for his supreme talents after his visit earlier this month and could be the next in a long line of great Buckeye middle linebackers. However, the thought of playing for his in-state team could be creeping back into his mind.
All along, you had to wonder when his hometown team was going to pull on the heartstrings of McMillan and have him reconsider his stance on Georgia. Two weeks ago, McMillan expressed his thoughts on the current state of the Bulldogs recruiting efforts within the Peach State that had to discourage even the most optimistic fans.
The University of Georgia. In all honesty , if they were able to keep more big time recruits in state , they would be a no brainer ,, #UGA
— Raekwon McMillan™ (@Kwon_daTRUTH) March 26, 2013
McMillan was at G-Day today in Athens to soak in the sights and sounds of the spring game and have a heart-to-heart discussion with head coach Mark Richt. The comments he made to RecruitingNation’s Kipp Adams brought back that loving feeling for McMillan.
“I still have a feeling for Georgia deep down,” McMillan said. “I thought I was going to go back up there and not like it as much as I used to, but I got that old feeling like when I visited Georgia after they were one of my first offers. Georgia has a great chance and my whole family is all Dawg fans. My mom came with me and she liked the campus.”
The ace in the hole for Georgia is going to be the family connection; you just know Richt is going to be recruiting McMillan’s momma and make it awfully difficult for him to upset her. The other connection for them is his high school coach Kirk Warner who was a tight end from 1986-1989.
Whether that’s enough to move them past Alabama and Ohio State right now remains to be seen, but today was definitely a good day for Georgia in their pursuit of McMillan.