Ohio State got the better of Clemson and three other major programs in the recruiting competition for LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA. McMillan announced his commitment to the Buckeyes this afternoon from his school on the NBC Sports Network. When the anchors went to McMillan for his announcement, he was sitting with family members at a desk with five caps in front of him representing his finalists…Ohio State, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and Alabama. After giving thanks to all of his family, friends, coaches and supporters, McMillan hesitated for a few seconds while fiddling with a couple of the camps before putting the Ohio State one of his head. “I think I’m going to roll with Ohio State,” he said, a decision greeted with loud applause by those in attendance. “I’ve been recruited by some of the best coaches in the nation but it was just something special about Ohio State University. Every time we sat down and talked we just had a special bond. It was just a special bond about Ohio State.” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer got the last in home visit but McMillan said that didn’t close the deal for him. “Last night really didn’t close on anything,” he said. “The whole three years he’s been recruiting me really closed the deal. It just had a family vibe. His whole deal to my mom was if I choose Ohio State being nine hours away from home I’ll have a safe place that I’m going to if I go to Ohio State.”
USC is in the hunt for a top prospect announcing this week. DE Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, GA is set to reveal his choice Tuesday which is also his birthday. Sawyer has been considering the Gamecocks, Auburn, Missouri and Tennessee. He’s making his decision without having made an official visit to any of the schools. He made an unofficial visit to USC for the Mississippi State game. USC has been strong with Sawyer largely due to his relationship with defensive line coach Deke Adams. “I just like coach Adams,” Sawyer said early in the football season. “He was the first one to offer me when he was at North Carolina and I’ve always followed him. He told me he’s losing most of his defensive ends and needs someone to come in and play right away.” Sawyer’s team lost in the state championship game Saturday.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC will be returning home today from the Shrine Bowl after X-Rays revealed a broken hand. Scott was injured in the fourth quarter of the state championship game victory over Concord Saturday but not before rushing for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns including a state championship game record 96 yard scoring run. Scott rushed for over 2000 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. USC, Tennessee and NC State have been considered the top schools with Scott but his coach said Monday Clemson and Florida State are also in the running. “Clemson has been talking to him and they came by the school to visit him,” coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “He’ll probably visit there.” Scott has taken official visits to USC, Tennessee and NC State according to his coach who added he has no idea on a favorite or when Scott will make his decision.
Shrine Bowl WR Trevion Thompson of Durham, NC said he will take official visits to Clemson, Ohio State, West Virginia, North Carolina and NC State.
Shrine Bowl DL Arthur Williams (6-5 298) of Fayetteville, NC committed to Florida State in late October and remains so but he plans to take official visits to USC and Miami in January. Recruiters from all three schools have been in to see Williams this month.
OL Derrick Kelly Jr. (6-5 295) of Havana, FL decommitted from Kentucky last month and since then has seen the interest from other schools skyrocket. And that includes USC. Gamecock recruiter Kirk Botkin visited Kelly last week. “We talked about what I should expect at South Carolina and what my expectations should be,” Kelly said. “I know a lot about coach Spurrier and think he’s a great coach, a legendary coach. And I think they have a good offensive line, a smash mouth team basically.” Kelly has also talked with Gamecock line coach Shawn Elliott. He made an official visit to Florida over the weekend and plans to visit USC, LSU and Alabama. He was not certain of the dates though he thought the USC visit might be January 17th. Kelly Jr. also has offers from Kentucky, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee and South Florida. Alabama has not yet offered. Kelley played tackle in high school.
USC is interested for a second time in DE Darrius Caldwell (6-5 250), an Atlanta native attending Pearl River JC, MS. USC offered Caldwell in high school but he signed with Illinois in 2011 and spent two seasons there. In 2012 as a redshirt freshman, Caldwell played in 12 games for the Illini and registered 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. But he was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules in May and enrolled at Pearl River for this season. Gamecock recruiter Deke Adams met with Caldwell last week and the Gamecocks are reviewing his transcript before deciding on an offer. Caldwell has offers from Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette but he told GamecockCentral.com he likely would commit to USC if offered.