The Opening: Raekwon McMillan

Could Raekwon McMillan be on his way out of the southeast? He has numerous top programs pursuing him, but one stands out about the rest right now...

Since Ohio State first got Raekwon McMillan on their campus in 2012, the Buckeyes have been in good shape with this Peach State linebacker.

After competing at The Opening on day one, McMillan gave Scout the latest.

"Ohio State, Alabama, and Clemson is my top three and it is in that order. Ohio State is at the top for sure and they have been for a while. Alabama and Clemson are in there too, but I do have a top school and it is Ohio State," McMillan said strongly.

There is so much tradition in Columbus, Ohio and there is a lot to like about the Buckeye program, but it is one man that has led McMillan to name Ohio State as his leader.

"Urban Meyer is the biggest reason why Ohio State is ahead of everyone else right now. Coach Meyer is really making me think about leaving the south and going up north to play. We have a great connection, he is a great coach, and he is the main reason Ohio State is in the lead."

The school right behind Ohio State is Alabama, the reigning national champions.

The 6-foot-2, 243 pound linebacker out of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County spent a few days in Tuscaloosa this summer and the Tide are very much in this race.

"The best players are going to play at Alabama, so I am not going to worry about their depth charts and all that because they play the best to win. Winning stands out to me - especially the way they do it. It would be great to play beside Reuben Foster there too and we could make either other better. They moved up on my list some after I took a visit over there and I like it at Alabama. They have an elite program."

Dabo Swinney's program got in the McMillan race early and they have been in the thick of it from the get-go.

The bond he has with the staff is what it is all about here.

"The people at Clemson is what keeps them in it with me. The coaching staff is great and they are great guys. I just like who they are. I can trust them and I have relationships with many coaches there. That is why Clemson is staying in my top three."

Two other SEC schools are hanging around, but can they break into that top group for this Scout 100 prospect?

He recently visited one and he he plans to visit the other next week.

"I just went down to Florida and it is a school I am interested in. They have a great program and I may take another visits down there, but I am not sure right now. I like the coaches, I like their defense, and they are a school I am still considering.

"I haven't really been to Georgia lately, but I have still been talking with them a good bit. I will be there July 12 for Dawg Night to see how things are going. I want to hang around the players more and just see how it is. I have not had the time there like I have other places yet with the team to see how I fit in."

McMillan plans to commit late in December or at the 2014 Under Armour All-America game in January. Top Stories