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Michigan State Is Best Bet for 2014 5-Star Raekwon McMillan over USC and Others

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 30, 2016

Inside linebacker/weak-side defensive end Raekwon McMillan is already one of the bigger names in the college football recruiting scene.

The 2014 5-star player sure has a lot of great options when it comes down to where he wants to play. He's got offers from a ton of schools, including a recent offer from Wisconsin, and his offer sheet boasts notable schools such as USC, Ohio State, Florida and Notre Dame.

Prolific schools all around the country want McMillan to be their next defensive stud. But there's one underrated school that he should take a good hard look at, because it may be his best bet: Michigan State.

The Spartans aren't known as a national powerhouse just yet as far as football is concerned (basketball is a completely different story), but I assure you that MSU is going to become a very attractive spot for elite defensive players.

This isn't your father's Big Ten, where Michigan and Ohio State essentially dominated the conference, while teams like MSU were basically punching bags. And head coach Mark Dantonio is building something special up in East Lancing, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

The Spartans are slowly but surely building a defense that resembles more of an SEC team than a Big Ten program. And they are growing a reputation for being aggressive, nasty and dominant on the defensive side of the ball.

MSU is also starting to feature some marquee defensive players. Look no further than second-round NFL draft pick Jerel Worthy from last year's squad or stud defensive end William Gholston this season.

This is the type of defense that would be a perfect fit for McMillan, who is a bruising linebacker with good speed. He'd be able to fly around the field and get after the ball carrier. He'd be able to be aggressive and get after the quarterback.

Not only that, but he would undoubtedly be one of the feature players in the Big Ten. He could be the star of the program.

Going to a school like USC or Alabama would be great, but how many 5-star linebackers have gone through those programs? He'd just be one in a long line of many great players. At Michigan State, he could truly leave a lasting legacy and be a part of building program that has a national championship run or two in its future.

If it comes down to being "the guy," Michigan State would be a perfect fit for McMillan. He'd be a star on a growing defensive powerhouse, he'd dominate the Big Ten competition and he'd have a realistic shot of leading a once downtrodden program to the big stage.

MSU is quickly becoming the place to be for young defensive stars. McMillan would fit right in.

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