Breaking Down 5-Star ILB Raekwon McMillan's Official Visit List

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Breaking Down 5-Star ILB Raekwon McMillan's Official Visit List
Via 247Sports

Raekwon McMillan is the best inside linebacker in the 2014 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite, so when he narrows down his list or takes a visit, that's a big deal.

McMillan is 6'2'', 242 pounds and runs a 4.79 40, per 247Sports. He has a blend of size, speed and physicality that makes him hard to ignore as an inside linebacker prospect. He's so good, in fact, that according to the 247Sports composite, he's the No. 12 player nationally

Landing an official visit from McMillan will be no small deal for even the biggest schools out there, and according to Brad Bournival of ESPN.com, the linebacker recruit has five officials scheduled:

LSU appears on the schedule twice for McMillan, but only because the Tigers play Georgia (Sept. 28) and Alabama (Nov. 9) during official visits with the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, respectively. 

The same goes for Florida State, but only because the Seminoles travel to Clemson (Oct. 19) and Florida (Nov. 30) during his other official visits. 

Ohio State picked up the other official visit as McMillan will head to The Horseshoe on Oct. 26 to see the Buckeyes play Penn State.

To make it a bit easier to see, here are his visit dates in chart form:

Raekwon McMillan's Official Visit List
Sept. 28 @Georgia vs. LSU
Oct. 19 @Clemson vs. Florida State
Oct. 26 @Ohio State vs. Penn State
Nov. 9 @Alabama vs. LSU
No. 30 @Florida vs. Florida State

Via Brad Bournival/ESPN.com

Bournival also reports that McMillan named a top six of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Ole Miss to go along with his visit list. That list is in no particular order, per the report.

Ole Miss would seem to be the outlier at this point, considering that it's the only school on his interest list that won't be receiving an official visit. That said, don't completely count out Hugh Freeze and the Rebels. Ole Miss was the big story last recruiting cycle, landing a few major players including No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche, 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, 5-star receiver Laquon Treadwell and 5-star safety Tony Conner

If Ole Miss can translate recruiting success into on-field success, the Rebels could be an intriguing option.

Georgia is the home-state team on McMillan's list, and the Bulldogs' clash against LSU is going to be a massive game for him to be at. Athens will undoubtedly be rocking for this matchup, and it will give McMillan a chance to see how the 'Dawgs respond to a big-time opponent in 2013.

Speaking of big-time, Alabama vs. LSU could end up being the game of the year. McMillan will be at that game, and that could be a big advantage for the Crimson Tide, as if they needed any. 

Clemson vs. Florida State will give McMillan a chance to see how Clemson responds to playing what should be a great FSU team, and it's a game that could go a long way toward determining the outlook of the ACC in 2013. The pressure will be on for the Tigers, and a win could solidify them as the best team in the conference.

Florida vs. Florida State is another game that's bound to be a big one, especially if the Gators are eying the SEC title game the very next weekend. The Swamp will be crazy, and Florida will really be able to show off its atmosphere to the big-time linebacker.

Speaking of atmosphere, McMillan will be at the Horseshoe in late October, and that could end up being the definitive visit. He has been considered an Ohio State lean for a while, and that visit could end up being the Buckeyes' final advantage.

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According to the 247Sports crystal ball, 88 percent of 33 experts predict that McMillan will go to Ohio State. Nine percent went with Alabama, and only 3 percent, or one vote, went to Clemson.

 

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