Florida appears to be climbing the ladder for five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County).
He made a surprise trip to Gainesville on Saturday and spoke to head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin about their vision for him in UF’s defense.
“It was a great visit,” McMillan said. “Haven’t been here in a while, so I came back down here to talk to coach Muschamp and coach Durkin again. We just talked about coming to play here, filling Jon Bostic’s role, stepping in as the next middle linebacker to play under him.”
The Under Armour All-American likes that Muschamp is a defensive guy and Durkin coaches his position.
“You always wants your linebackers coach to be the defensive coordinator because he builds the defensive around you,” McMillan said.
As for Bostic, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, McMillan believes he can similar success with the Gators.
“It’s real intriguing,” he said, “because the job (Bostic) is taking is a real prestigious job for Brian Urlacher. I think Jon Bostic is going to pan out great. And I think that if I came here I could do the same thing that Jon Bostic did.”
The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder is also drawn to Florida by its current linebackers, Antonio Morrison and Michael Taylor.
“That’s my guy, man,” McMillan said of Morrison. “Last time I visited I chilled with him and Mike (Taylor). They’re real cool guys and I could see myself playing here because those are the type of guys I like playing beside.”
From players to coaches, McMillan just enjoys the UF environment.
“It’s a great staff, campus is beautiful,” he said. “But the people here, man, they are great people.”
McMillan plans to be back at Florida again this coming Saturday, which will be his fourth time in Gainesville and last recruiting trip of the summer. He’ll then take officials in the fall, and the Gators could receive his final visit.
“I want to see a game,” he said. “Last year I came to the Missouri game, but they don’t really pack out Missouri games. So this year I’ll probably make the Florida State game to see a packed house.”
McMillan, who is ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker and a top-20 recruit by every recruiting site except Scout, will be an early enrollee and wants to make his decision in mid-December or at the Under Armour All-America Game. His Top 5 schools (in no particular order) are Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State, his presumed favorite.