Saturday, April 6, 2013
UGA visit reignites McMillan's interest
By Kipp Adams
Under Armour All-American Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) admits that other programs had surged on his list recently, some moving past the University of Georgia. With that in mind, the 6-foot-2, 249-pound linebacker decided to make the trip back to Athens, Ga., to watch the in-state Bulldogs in their G-Day spring scrimmage and figure out whether the interest was still there.
"It was really great to be able to sit down with Coach [Mark] Richt again and have a heart-to-heart conversation with him," McMillan said. "I wanted to see where his head is, where my head was and put them together, because I had not spoken to him face to face in awhile."
The Bulldogs coach had a strong message for McMillan, and the ESPN Watch List prospect left knowing just how much of a priority he is at Georgia.
"He told me I am their guy in 2014 at the middle linebacker position and he wants me to give them a hard look," McMillan said. "He says I am the type of athlete and player that could earn early playing time at Georgia. Coach Richt said that I have a great personality to match that of being a great player, and in time and with hard work I could turn that into something really special."
So as McMillan was on his way to Atlanta to meet up with friends and family, he admitted that the visit had dug up some fondness for the Bulldogs.
"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."
While on campus, McMillan spent some time with a few other ESPN Watch List targets Georgia is hoping to reel in for the 2014 class.
"I spoke to Elisha Shaw and Dante Sawyer and really we kind of know where each of us is going," McMillan said.
McMillan has taken visits to Alabama, Clemson Florida, Georgia and Ohio State, and he believes he is a few more trips away from narrowing things down. As for right now, the Buckeyes maintain the top spot.
"Ohio State is still my leader," McMillan said. "It is just the atmosphere there. Every time I go there I just feel like it is a great place for an incoming freshman to really fulfill the dreams that they have.
"I am trying to get my top five locked down so my recruitment can settle a little. I will try to take some other visits to see if they are in my top five, then I will set my top group."