Meet Raekwon McMillan, the country's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect. A lifelong resident of Hinesville, Ga., a town about four hours southeast of Atlanta, McMillan burst onto the recruiting scene last spring and now is among the most coveted prospects in the entire country.
Raekwon McMillan, a five-star linebacker, has more than 40 offers.
At last check, he had more than 40 offers
Right now, Ohio State leads, but McMillan has said he probably won't announce until the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. He also mentions schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia prominently.
McMillan has agreed to produce a twice-a-month diary for 247Sports in which he will talk about his recruitment -- and his personal life. In this installment, McMillan discusses the personalities of a few head coaches heavily involved in his recruitment.
When I was first getting recruited, I was a little intimidated when I met with college head coaches. You get the feeling that these are guys who won national championships and they're up there in the world. But once you sit down with them and get to know them, you realize they're people, too.
All my friends go crazy when they find out who I talked to. They tell me these guys are superstars, but I tell them those head coaches are just like our head coach.
Of all the head coaches recruiting me, I'd say Urban Meyer is probably the funniest.
He calls me "Bubble." That's because he said I have a linebacker butt. I have a wide butt with a great leg base.
Urban Meyer already has a nickname for McMillan. He calls him "Bubble."
Every time we talk, he calls me that.
He says all great athletes have huge butts and great strength bases there. He was telling me about guys like Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes and Percy Harvin. Guys like that. He said they were built the same way.
That's a great comparison. I just hope I can pan out like that.
I don't have a nickname for Coach Meyer yet. I've got to think of one.
He's a people person. He definitely knows what he's doing when it comes to recruiting.
Nick Saban is a lot more straight forward. He's all business when it comes to stuff with football. But when it comes to recruiting, he's not. He told me if he could go out and recruit more, he would do it.
He can be pretty funny, too. A lot of people don't think he laughs, but I've seen him laugh. I mean, it was surprising at first. But then you get to know him, and he does it a lot. He thinks it's funny what people say about him. He talks about how people call him the devil.
He just says he didn't know winning football games would give you that moniker.
Nick Saban funny? Yes, according to McMillan.
But he's not bothered by that.
I've also spent a lot of time with Dabo Swinney. He's the type of coach you can go into his office and just sit down and talk. He's a great person. Outside of football, he gives his family a bunch of time. He cares about his players, I can tell you that. Even if you get hurt, he's going to care about you and let you finish off your career at Clemson if you do everything right. I'd say Coach Dabo is a fiery head coach who really cares about people.
Mark Richt is real calm. He's a real laid-back guy. He really lets the coaching staff do its thing. You can sit and talk to him. He's just like Coach Swinney, expect Coach Richt is an older guy. He's old school.
Two other coaches I've talked to a lot are Coach Will Muschamp and Coach Kirby Smart. I think Coach Muschamp would fit right in if he was on the Alabama coaching staff. To me, him and Coach Smart are spitting images of each other. Coach Muschamp and Coach Smart are defensive-minded guys. Muschamp is a head coach, but they have the same mentality. And they like great-size linebackers that can run.
They both coached at Valdosta State. They can relate to the people in my part of the state because of that I think. That's where they first started. They mention each other sometimes.
Muschamp also talks about when he was a Georgia Bulldog. He always refers back to his Georgia days. Coach Meyer always talks about his days at Florida.
Coach Saban just talks about Alabama. Like I was saying earlier, he's a straight-forward guy.
Anyway, that's it for now. We'll talk again soon.
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