Raekwon McMillan's Upcoming Decision

One of the more anticipated college announcements of the year takes place tomorrow as Hinesville (GA) Liberty county linebacker Raekwon McMillan decides on where he will attend college. His recruitment process is discussed, as well as what the lure to each school still in the picture may be.

Hinesville (GA) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan has been a top target of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Ohio State for the duration of his recruitment. It will all culminate tomorrow as the four-star linebacker is set to finalize his college plans and announce which school he will attend.

HOW WE GOT HERE

McMillan hit the recruiting radar two years ago after impressive freshman and sophomore campaigns that saw his stock soar amongst a number of college teams. He picked up a scholarship offer from seemingly every FBS program and was primed to be one of the best prospects in the nation for his class. His senior season has ended and McMIllan is just that, one of the best in the country.

The Liberty County standout remained wide open for much of his recruiting process, though claiming Ohio State was the leader for his services for the majority of his recruitment.

McMillan took a handful of unofficial visits to Columbus to see the Buckeyes. He also made unofficial visits to Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, and Florida, to name a few.

Towards the end of the summer before his final season at Liberty County, McMillan named a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio State in no particular order. The Georgia native made plans to take official visits to all five schools he included in his top list.

After taking his scheduled official visits to Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State, the nation's fifth best middle linebacker made a change for his final official visit. Instead of visiting Florida, McMillan had agreed to travel to Auburn for his last visit.

McMillan has since hosted coaches from all the schools involved on in-home visits, including the head coaches. I'm told that he still has two in-home visits remaining before tomorrow's announcement, from Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State were once named the top group by McMillan but Auburn has made a surge as well.

THE LURE TO ALABAMA

McMillan has a great relationship with Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Comfort and relationships often dictate what school prospects choose so Alabama is in a good spot in regards to that area.

C.J. Mosley will enter the NFL draft in May and that could leave a spot open for McMillan to compete for. An opportunity at early playing time will be intriguing and Alabama has proved they are the best in the nation recently at winning championships and sending players to the NFL, which is the ultimate goal.

THE LURE TO AUBURN

The Tigers are the hot program in the country right now and should finish very strong in recruiting. Gus Malzahn has seemingly brought the program back to its winning ways and they will play for a national championship in January.

Despite their success on the field this season, the Tigers have struggled some on the defensive side of the ball. McMillan could be sold on being a key piece in rebuilding the defense into championship form once again to go along with a high-powered offense that they showed this year.

THE LURE TO CLEMSON

Clemson didn't accomplish a conference title or remain in the national championship picture like they would have hoped, and lost to rival South Carolina at the end of the season. Despite that, the Tigers have been one of the best teams in the nation in recruiting during Dabo Swinney's tenure. He has a staff that has been very successful at bringing in top prospects to Death Valley.

The Tigers also already have reeled in a handful of prospects from Georgia that McMillan is very familiar with, including Deshaun Watson, Demarre Kitt, and Milan Richard. The familiarity and bonds with other commits in the class is there at Clemson.

THE LURE TO OHIO STATE

The Buckeyes were considered the leader for McMillan's services for a large portion of his recruitment. He has made the trip all the way up to Columbus on his own dime several times, which is eye-catching considering the distance and expenses involved. With the multiple trips to Columbus, the relationships and comfort with Ohio State was established. McMillan has built a very strong connection with the Buckeyes' head coach.

Ohio State also has openings on the depth chart for a linebacker to contribute immediately. Early playing time is always a good pitch to sell and the Buckeyes can do that pretty effectively with their lack of depth at the position and the possible early departure from Ryan Shazier.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Raekwon McMillan can't go wrong with any of the four programs he is choosing from. He's one of the best players in the country and could challenge for playing time right away at any of the schools involved.

He's been very calculated throughout his process and has done the appropriate research to ensure that he is making the best decision for himself. I'm convinced that through his demeanor, wisdom, and calculation that he has taken the proper measures to keep his decision from leaking, which is why there's a lot of uncertainty on which college he will choose.

I think McMillan knows what school he will call his next home already and probably has for a few weeks. He was expected to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America game and instead chose to move his decision up a couple weeks prior.

He knows where he wants to play at the next level. Everyone else will tomorrow.

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