Could The Miami Hurricanes Be In The Running For the Nation's Top Linebacker?

By Chris Cunningham
Raekwon McMillan - Miami Hurricanes
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Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga. Liberty County) is the nation’s top inside linebacker prospect. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds he is a man among boys. With track star speed and legs the size of tree trunks, the five-star standout terrorized opposing offenses all season.

McMillan will not officially announce who he will be playing for until after the upcoming season, but he has made secret of the fact that he is favoring the Ohio State BuckeyesAlabama Crimson TideGeorgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers. The order of those schools is anyone’s guess. McMillan has seemingly changed his favorite with each school he has visited.

Early on, Nick Saban and Alabama appeared to be the favorite until McMillan visited Ohio State. At first lukewarm on home state school Georgia, a chat with head coach Mark Richt seemed to peak McMillan’s interest in the Bulldogs.

One school might be a sleeper in McMillan’s decision making: the Miami Hurricanes. The ‘Canes are certainly in need of his services. In addition to being poor in nearly every defensive statistical category, the Hurricanes were criticizes for a lack of passion and aggression on the field. In addition to his size and speed, McMillan has shown intensity and love of the game that few on the ‘Canes defense demonstrated last year.

McMillan has yet to visit the Hurricanes Coral Gables campus, but if head coach Al Golden can put the full court press on, the Georgia native could be the cornerstone of the defense for years to come.

Chris Cunningham is a college football writer for You can reach him on Twitter @cunn1431.

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