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Monday, March 25, 2013
Tide surging for Raekwon McMillan

By Kipp Adams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two months ago, ESPN Watch List prospect Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) felt pretty confident in his top two programs, but a recent trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., has clouded the picture for one of the most coveted linebackers in the country.

“The Alabama trip went great and it made me want to sit back and take a closer look at my top five again,” McMillan said. “Actually I do not even have a top five right now, but right now it would be hard for me to pick a number one between Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. I will have a new top five after I visit Ohio State next weekend.”

During his trip to check out the Crimson Tide, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound prospect used the visit to better acquaint himself with the coaching staff of the back-to-back defending national champions.

“I was able to sit down with Coach (Kirby) Smart, Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach (Nick) Rumph and see what they are really about,” McMillan said. “You cannot do that on the phone but when I did it in person, I got the feeling that they really want me there.”

The Buckeyes and Tigers have been battling it out for the top spot for McMillan, who has racked up 249 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and an interception over the last two years.

“Clemson is on the verge of winning a big BCS game or a National Championship, so you have to keep that in mind,” McMillan said. “I am looking forward to going up to Ohio State, getting to talk with the coaches again, and just getting a better feel for the program. I want to see if this is really where I want to be.”

But a couple other schools are still making a push for the Under Armour All-America Game selection.

“Florida is making a big push for me, as is USC,” McMillan said. “Florida has a great coaching staff and after meeting with them, I have really enjoyed talking to them on the phone. USC has been a top 10 program for last decade and although they have not been good the last two years, with a couple top recruits you never know what might happen.”

As for the in-state Bulldogs, they have some ground to make up with McMillan, and look to soon have a chance to jump back into his top group.

“I will take another visit to Georgia,” McMillan said. “They have not really fallen off as much as other schools are making a push for me right now.”