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Sunday, June 16, 2013
ESPN 150 LB Raekwon McMillan visits UF

By Jeff Barlis

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's good enough news for a school when a coveted recruit such as Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) shows up on campus for a visit. But the Florida Gators got a double dose of good news from the nation's No. 1-ranked inside linebacker during his unofficial visit on Saturday.

He's planning to return in one week.

Raekwon McMillan
ESPN 150 prospect Raekwon McMillan raved about his visit to Florida on Saturday.
"It was a great visit," the ESPN 150 prospect said. "Haven't been here in a while, so came back down here to talk to coach [Will] Muschamp and coach [D.J.] Durkin again. We just talked about coming to play here, filling Jon Bostic's role, stepping in as the next middle linebacker to play under him, playing under a defensive coach, stuff like that."

The Gators are selling their recent track record of producing NFL middle linebackers, which includes Channing Crowder, Brandon Siler, Brandon Spikes and now Bostic.

"It's real intriguing because the job [Bostic] is taking is a real prestigious job [taking over as the Chicago Bears' middle linebacker] for Brian Urlacher," McMillan said. "I think Jon Bostic is going to pan out great. And I think that if I came here I could do the same thing that Jon Bostic did."

Hoping to carry on the tradition more immediately is Florida sophomore Antonio Morrison, the team's starting middle linebacker who spent time with McMillan on campus on Saturday.

"That's my guy, man," McMillan said of Morrison. "Last time I visited I chilled with him and Mike [Taylor]. They're real cool guys and I could see myself playing here because those are the type of guys I like playing beside."

Morrison, who enrolled early for the Gators in January 2012, talked to McMillan about how valuable the extra experience was in helping him to play significant time as a freshman. McMillan said he plans to enroll early as well with a decision on his college destination to come either in mid-December or at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2.

McMillan on Saturday reiterated his top five schools in no particular order -- Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and Florida. And while the Buckeyes have been McMillan's longtime leader, Florida could be making a move up, considering the back-to-back weekend visits.

McMillan also said he plans to visit Florida again this fall, likely for the UF-FSU game on Nov. 30.

"It's a great staff, campus is beautiful, Coach Muschamp is obviously a defensive coach," he said. "But the people here, man, they are great people."