ATLANTA, Ga. -- One thing has become abundantly clear at the Rising Seniors Georgia Junior Bowl -- Ohio State is making its presence known in the Peach State.
Raekwon McMillan is one Georgia talent that expects to visit Ohio State in the spring. He isn't the only one.
Consider the following …
-Both five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan and four-star athlete Myles Autry call the Buckeyes their leader. McMillan, the state's No. 2-ranked player for 2014, went so far as to say Ohio State had a pretty good edge over his No. 2 team, Clemson.
-Four-star receiver Demarre Kitt, a one-time Georgia commit who until recently was thought to be a strong Clemson lean, said the Buckeyes now are tied at the top with the Tigers.
-Four-star Clemson quarterback commit Deshaun Watson, a Tigers commit since last February, lists Ohio State as his No. 2 but admits the Buckeyes are giving him much to think about.
-According to numerous players on hand at this event, several of them -- Autry, Georgia safety commit Nick Glass, Kitt, McMillan, defensive back Nicholas Ruffin and Watson included -- intend to visit the Buckeyes together this spring.
At last check, Ohio State already had double-digit offers out for 2014 in Georgia with more likely to come. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer not only visited several schools here this fall, but was in the Georgia Dome recently to check out some state championship action.
When asked about the group of Georgians that plans to visit the Buckeyes together, McMillan matter-of-factly said, "I would say I'm leading this deal."
McMillan most recently traveled to Columbus for Ohio State's late-season game with Michigan. He described the atmosphere there as "second to none."
For McMillan, the attention Meyer has paid to him also has been an eye-opener, he said.
"He took me into his office before the game, and that was real special to know he'd do that before his biggest game of the season," McMillan said.
Signing day obviously is a long way off for the 2014 prospects, but so far Ohio State has to feel good about the impact it is making in Georgia.
*Twins Lance and Lawrence Austin of Lamar County each sport offers from Marshall, South Alabama and South Carolina. To the brothers, it's a good thing they're being recruited by the same schools because they absolutely, positively plan to play together in college. Both brothers think the two-for-one package they offer is beneficial to colleges -- and to themselves. "We're trying to ride on each other," Lawrence said.
*Albany outside linebacker Juwon Young, who was extremely impressive Friday in practice, told 247Sports he is "very high" on Florida even without an offer. Young said he is hearing from Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and others early on.
*Offensive tackle Christian Harris of Collins Hill, one of the most physically impressive players on hand, thinks Georgia is close to offering him and could on his next visit to Athens in January. Thus far, he claims only an Ohio offer. He's listed at 6-feet-5, 260 pounds but looks bigger than that.
*Some up-and-coming athletes would rather not talk about their famous parents or siblings. Not twins Elliott and Evan Berry, younger brothers to former Tennessee star safety Eric Berry, who is now in the NFL. The two standouts from Creekside admitted having a brother in pro football is pretty cool, and said they have no problem talking about him. According to Elliott and Evan, Eric enjoys keeping tabs on their careers and their recruitment.
*Speaking of players with well-known relatives, tight end Milan Richard of Savannah's Calvary Day School is the nephew to Georgia legend Herschel Walker. Not only that, but both of his parents ran track for the Bulldogs. According to Richard, a four-star prospect with double-digit offers (most recently Tennessee), he feels no family pressure to follow in their footsteps. He's going to pick a school that is the best fit for him, he said.
*Autry was supposed to have surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL on Friday, but delayed the procedure so he could take part in all the Georgia Junior Bowl actives. The players don't just practice at this event, they are coached up about life skills. They also get to meet some pretty cool guest speakers.
*Offensive guard Trent Jenkins of Norcross was a key member of that team's 2012 state championship squad. One thing he said that has made him a better player is the fact he goes head to head with 2014 five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter in practice. "It definitely helps," the 6-feet-4, 320-pound Brown said. "You never get to [face] a guy of that talent." Brown is hearing from schools such as Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia and Michigan State, he said. He is still waiting for offer No. 1 to arrive.
Already have an account? Sign In