Future 5-star LB has Clemson in top three


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Raekwon McMillan Raekwon McMillan
Linebacker
6-3, 235
Hinesville, GA

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, one of the nation’s top linebackers for the 2014 recruiting cycle, has Clemson in his top three, and he says a lot of that is because of his relationship with the Clemson coaches.

McMillan also say the Tigers will receive one of his official visits this fall.

McMillan is the 6-3, 235-pound prospect out of Hinesville (GA) Liberty County, a future 5-star player that already has offers from 16 schools. Included in those are offers from all of the big-name programs from across the southeast, as well as Ohio St., Notre Dame and Texas.

McMillan spent last weekend visiting Columbus and Ohio St.

“I just spent time with all of the coaches, and got to know them more,” McMillan told TigerNet Monday evening. “I feel like you have to have that bond – that is the most important thing in my recruitment. Urban Meyer is a great coach, but he is down-to-earth, and on the same level as everybody else even though he is the head coach at Ohio St. That is what I love about him.”

McMillan visited the Clemson campus just shy of two weeks ago, and came away with a great impression.

“It went great. I met with Coach [Jeff] Scott, and then we met up with Coach [Tony] Elliott and Coach [Brent] Venables,” he said. “We got a tour of the campus, and I saw the facilities. Then I got to meet with Coach [Dabo] Swinney in his office.”

McMillan said Swinney cautioned him to take his time with the recruiting process.

“He just told me to take my time and not commit early, because you don’t know how you will feel two years from now,” he said. “He said a lot of things can change, and how I feel now might not be how I will feel then. He was just giving me some advice.”

McMillan said that Venables – Clemson’s new defensive coordinator – touched on his accomplishments while at Oklahoma.

“He just told me how many linebackers in his coaching history he has helped put into the NFL,” he said. “I know that number is 16, guys that went from Oklahoma to the NFL. That really stood out to me. He also told me how he would use me as the middle linebacker there.”

McMillan said he is done taking visits for the summer, and will pick up back with his visits in the fall. Clemson will get one of those visits.

“I am going to go to about four games during the season,” he said. “I am going to go to Georgia, Ohio St., Clemson and Alabama. For Clemson, I am thinking I am coming back for the Virginia Tech game in October.”

He said Clemson gets one of those visits because the school currently sits in his top three.

“My leaders are based off of how good my relationship is with the coaches,” he said. “Right now, that is Coach Meyer at Ohio St., Coach [Mark] Richt at Georgia and Coach Swinney at Clemson. Those are the top three.”

As a sophomore, McMillan tallied 97 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception.

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