Monday, December 16, 2013
Trio regroups after McMillan decision
By Derek Tyson
Where will they turn now?
Five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) is the top-ranked inside linebacker in the country and was a key target for all four of his final schools -- Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State. The Buckeyes were able to secure a commitment from the No. 12-ranked player in the country on Monday, leaving the other three schools searching for a viable replacement.
Here’s a closer look at where each school stands and where it will go next:
Overview: All four of Alabama’s linebacker commits are ranked in the ESPN 300, led by Miller, who is the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country. Dion Hamilton and Whitley are both inside linebackers, and the Crimson Tide have some depth at the position. Landing McMillan would have been more of a bonus than a necessity. ESPN 300 athlete Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) is the No. 21 player in the country and, at 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, he could play several positions, including linebacker. Alabama could reach out to Williams, an Auburn commit, just to gauge his interest. Bryant had serious interest in Alabama before committing to Tennessee. If Nick Saban believes he needs at least one more linebacker, Williams and Bryant would be names to watch.
Overview: Fortunately for Auburn, the Tigers already have three linebacker commits, including two inside LBs. So while the loss of McMillan hurts, it wasn’t a position of great need. Williams is the No. 77 player in the ESPN 300, and Moncrief is the top-rated outside linebacker among junior college prospects. Evans is Auburn’s top remaining linebacker prospect. He is the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country, but at 6-3 and 217, he very well could grow in to a middle linebacker.
Overview: Clemson, as far as proximity, was the closest school to McMillan and the Tigers made a strong push for the five-star linebacker. But, just like the other schools in contention, the cupboard isn’t completely bare at linebacker. All three of Clemson’s linebacker commits are four-star prospects and Joseph and Register have the size to move to the middle at some point in their careers. Clemson also signed three linebackers last year and, as of right now, the Tigers likely won’t take another linebacker in this class. That certainly could change as signing day approaches.