Yesterday, the Florida Gators made their pitch to one of the elite inside linebacker recruits in the 2014 class, as four-star Georgia ILB Raekwon McMillan traveled south of the border to visit Florida, according to 247Sports. The Gators biggest news on the recruiting front was landing a commitment from another elite prospect in Khairi Clark, who chose Florida over offers from Miami, Alabama, and Notre Dame. Clark’s commitment came just a few days after naming his top six, and Florida was on it. However, Miami was viewed as the team with the best chance to land Clark, so Florida’s most recent commitment was a huge one in several ways.
McMillan’s visit to Florida gave the Gators a chance to try and better their standing in his recruitment, because it seems like Florida isn’t one of the top choices. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes look like the two best bets, and that’s something the 247Sports Crystal Ball reflects. The Clemson Tigers and USC Trojans are two other schools worth watching as well, with Clemson likely holding an advantage over USC.
Our FanSided 150 rankings have Raekwon McMillan rated as the 18th-best recruit in the country, and he is the best inside linebacker in the country and the second-best recruit in the state of Georgia behind five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter. Last season at Liberty County, McMillan shows off his smarts and athleticism with a whopping 152 tackles and 22 tackles for loss. The 6’2″, 242 pound ILB uses his size well, and he has good range. McMillan is one of the top pure tacklers in this recruiting class, and there is little doubt that he is one of the top 20 prospects in the country.
Florida seems to be gaining ground in McMillan’s recruitment, as he also visited the Gators last week (his last visit to UF before June was on junior day in February following junior days at Alabama and Clemson). The only other school McMillan has visited this month is Alabama, and they still look like the team in the driver’s seat among schools in the southeast region. But if I had to make a prediction, Ohio State would still be my pick.