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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Raekwon McMillan talks UF visit, top five

By Kipp Adams

One of the top prospects in Georgia for the 2014 class, ESPN Watch List selection Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) was in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend to check out the University of Florida. Following his trip, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound junior had good things to say about the Gators.

Raekwon McMillian
Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty Co.) is one of the most coveted players in the 2014 class.
“The visit to Florida was really nice and I enjoyed spending time with Will Muschamp,” McMillan said. “He told me about how he wants me to come in and play in his system, and what it is like playing for a defensive-minded head coach. He wants me to make plays at traditional middle linebacker.”

McMillan likes the thought of staying in the middle in college, but more than that, he is hoping for an opportunity to come in and play early at the next level. He met one player at Florida who was able to do just that in linebacker Jon Bostic.

“My favorite part of the trip was sitting down and talking to Jon Bostic about how he liked it there at Florida,” McMillan said. “He was really down to earth and he told me that he loved it there and how he felt Florida would be a good place for me.”

The campus stood out to Florida, as did the defense. But it was not enough for the Gators to crack his top five just yet. McMillan discussed his latest top five, in order. Ohio State:  “The depth chart and playing time at Ohio State stand out.”

Clemson: “The family vibe they give.”

Georgia: “Georgia is my home state school and my family loves Georgia and when I visit there.”

Alabama: “The top defense in the nation. Who wouldn’t want to be coached by Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Lance Thompson?”

USC: “Top-tier program that I am looking forward to visiting.”

So far this year, McMillan has 264 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on offense, and 140 tackles, eight sacks, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, a safety, and an interception on defense. When Raekwon McMillan was a freshman, he was shocked when someone contacted him for an interview. Two years, hundreds of tackles and double-digit offers later, the experience is a bit different.

“The recruiting process is getting kind of crazy and sometimes I have to turn off my phone,” McMillan said. “It is a blessing, though, because there are plenty of people who would like to be in my situation.”