June 22, 2012

McMillan his own man

ATLANTA - Make no mistake, 2014 linebacker Raekwon McMillan wants to be his own man.

Perhaps that's why he wants nothing to do with any comparisons to another top linebacker with Southeast ties - Reuben Foster - who like McMillan, is in town to take part in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge.

It's a subject that's been broached with him before.

"I had a quote one time where I talked about how everybody compares me to him, calls me his little brother or something like that," McMillan said Friday. "But that's not how I want to be remembered. I want to make my own name."

That's one of the reasons he decided to accept the invitation to take part in this weekend's Five-Star Challenge.

"I'm really happy to have this opportunity to compete against the top talent in the nation right now," the Liberty County High standout said. "I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity, compete and get my fifth star for next year."

Back to Foster.

Although McMillan doesn't want to be compared to the current Alabama commit, that doesn't mean the two aren't friends.

McMillan said he and Foster talked quite often during last weekend's Mark Richt camp.

"We were talking, building a good relationship, talking about colleges," said McMillan, who was offered by Alabama Monday.

"They (Alabama coaches) want me to come and play by Reuben and continue their dominance of defense," said McMillan, adding that playing with Foster could be a "possibility."

But Alabama will have plenty of competition for his services, including Georgia and Ohio State, two schools McMillan spoke quite favorably about.

"I'm really building a relationship with Coach (Kirk) Olivadotti, Coach (Tony) Ball and Coach (Mark) Richt," McMillan said. "My relationship with the coaches is really what's going to dictate my decision."

McMillan feels the same about the Buckeyes.

"Coach Urban (Meyer), Coach (Everett) Withers, you can go down the list," McMillan said. "Ohio State and Georgia - they're the teams I've got the best relationships with."

With 20 offers to date, McMillan expects that number to continue to grow.

So to, apparently, is his fame.

"The whole county is behind me, the whole Savannah area … I've signed a couple of autographs in the community," said McMillan, smiling. "The first time was really weird, but I got here and had to sign like 15 footballs."

Of course, being located in the Southeast Georgia town of Hinesville, there's plenty of Bulldog fans to offer their opinions, too.

"It's Bulldog territory," McMillan said. "My family is full of Bulldog fans, but I'm open to everybody."