Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tales From The Road: Southeast
By Kipp Adams
Tales From the Road spotlights players who stand out to RecruitingNation writers at camps, combines and various events. Here is a look at a few Southeast prospects who recently performed at a high level:
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan 2014/Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County/6-foot-2, 249 pounds Considering: More than 40 offers; top two of Clemson and Ohio State; also considering Alabama, Florida, UGA.
Raekwon McMillan has constantly displayed his quickness and ability to move well as a big linebacker.
Where we saw him: Charlotte NFTC
What impressed: McMillan has the size and strength to compete at the BCS level now. In tough conditions, he moved smoothly for such a big linebacker, showed lateral quickness and did a nice job listening to his instructors.
Why you should keep an eye out for him: One of the most physically impressive linebackers in the country, McMillan is also one of the most coveted -- he has stopped counting how many schools have extended scholarships. His ability should get him on the field early in college.
Running back Dalvin Cook 2014/Miami Central/5-11, 190 Considering: Committed to Clemson, but Florida, FSU, Miami and USC are making a push.
Where we saw him: Miami NFTC
What impressed: Cook looks bigger than his measurements suggest. He showcased outstanding hands in position drills, even taking a few reps at cornerback. That kind of versatility will serve him well at the next level.
Why you should keep an eye out for him: With Cook's ability to excel at multiple positions on both sides of the ball, Clemson coaches have their work cut out for them in holding onto his commitment. Expect his recruitment to intensify in the coming months as programs battle it out for this talented athlete.
Offensive guard Martez Ivey 2015/Apopka (Fla.) High/6-5, 271 Considering: Offers from Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and South Carolina
Where we saw him: Orlando NFTC
What impressed: Out of the dozens of offensive linemen I saw at the three NFTC events, none looked more physically impressive than Ivey. He combined great reflexes and quickness with an outstanding initial pop on the defensive linemen he faced.
Why you should keep an eye on him: With six BCS offers already, Ivey will likely hit double-digit scholarships as schools come out to see the rising junior this spring. His upside is high, as he is still learning how to use his hands.