Ahead of the Orange Bowl, Tigers and Buckeyes have recruiting business to settle

Ohio State, Clemson favored for top-rated middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga.

Raekwon McMillan (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Raekwon McMillan (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Clemson and Ohio State are on a collision course. But before they smash heads in Miami in January, they have some serious business to settle.

Raekwon McMillan, the nation's top-rated middle linebacker, will make his college choice this week, quite likely head-to-head between the Tigers and the Buckeyes (though Alabama and Georgia remain in the hunt).

The 6-3, 250-pound McMillan, who plays at Liberty County High in Hinesville, Ga. (just outside Savannah), is considered to be a prospect of the college-ready, instant-impact variety. He plans to announce his decision next Monday.

Ohio State, which has long been considered the team to beat, will get a final visit from Urban Meyer and his staff this weekend.

Dabo Swinney made his in-home visit last week, and Jeff Scott and Brent Venables are scheduled to be in Hinesville this week, as is Nick Saban.

Recruiting clashes between Ohio State and schools from the Southeast like Clemson and Alabama have become increasingly common over the past two years, since Meyer reemerged as head coach of the Buckeyes.

And prior to Meyer's arrival, Clemson and Ohio State battled Oregon down to the wire for Tajh Boyd.

Clemson has made a long, sustained run for McMillan, who has visited Death Valley on several occasions and has become friends with incoming Tiger recruits Deshaun Watson and Milan Richard.

But Ohio State remains the team to beat, with always-dangerous Alabama lurking and the home-state Georgia Bulldogs hoping.

Whatever the outcome, it adds a bit of extra spice to the beginning of bowl season.

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tigerrob44 writes:

If we could get this kid it would do wonders for the credibility of our football program. Not that we need too much help with that but battling OSU and Alabama for him would really say something pretty good about Clemson if we got him. I bet we get him.

TigerNE writes:

If it is really down to us and OSU, the smart money would be on us as it has been reported he has a strong desire to stay near home. It doesn't hurt that other recruits like Milan Richard are friends and working him pretty hard in our favor, too.

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