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What 5-Star LB Raekwon McMillan's Visit to Florida Means for Ohio State

BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Head coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, Urban Meyer, stands on the field prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on May 11, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 6, 2017

Raekwon McMillan has appeared to be quite the Ohio State lean heading into the summer of the 2014 recruiting cycle, but one major SEC program could give the Buckeyes some issues moving forward.

McMillan, a 5-star linebacker, has visited Ohio State multiple times, and the Buckeyes are the top team on his 247Sports interest list. A recent visit to Florida seems to have really caught his attention though, according to Jeff Barlis of ESPN.com:

"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." 

Barlis reports that McMillan plans to return to Florida next week. The 5-star linebacker also had this to say about Gators' starting linebacker Antonio Morrison, per Barlis:

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." 

At one time, McMillan to Ohio State appeared to be only a matter of time.

Florida, at least according to this report, appears to be well on the way to becoming a major player for McMillan's commitment though. In fact, the Gators are already there.

What does this mean for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes?

Nothing is a given in recruiting, and it's hard to imagine that Meyer is surprised by this recent push by Will Muschamp and his staff. 

Muschamp has done a phenomenal job recruiting elite defenders, so to consider Florida a non-factor in this race would be naive. The Gators' defense of the future should be borderline elite, and that has to be an attractive thought for a recruit like McMillan.

Ohio State has just as bright of a future though, and many would argue that a national championship is right around the corner.

For Meyer, that's his biggest selling point, plus the two he already has under his belt, so there shouldn't be much panic in regard to the continued recruitment of McMillan.

All Ohio State has to do is stay on that leaderboard and eventually land an official visit from the linebacker. Combine that plus what could be a championship-level season, and the Buckeyes' draw with elite recruits, including McMillan, should be undeniable.

From there, Meyer is known as an excellent finisher on the recruiting trail, and even a great recruiter like Muschamp would have a hard time going one-on-one with him for McMillan.

This is definitely a development, but Ohio State is still looking good.

McMillan is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. 

Twenty-two of 27 experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict that he'll commit to Ohio State. Four predict Alabama, while one, Ace Anbender of MGoBlog, predicts Clemson.

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