March 20, 2012
Buckeyes after 2014 linebacker from Georgia
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Yesterday, we profiled a class of 2014 linebacker from California who was hoping to garner a bit more interest from Ohio State when we talked to Gardena (Cali.) Serra product Dwight Williams. Today we'll look at another 2014 linebacker who is expressing some serious interest in Ohio State, and one whom the Buckeyes are paying close to attention to as well. Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County star sophomore Raekwon McMillan is likely going to be one of the hottest prospects in the country in the 2014 class, and if his current offers are any indication, he will likely be one of the most offered as well. McMillan already holds offers from Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina and is planning a trip to Ohio State on April 1st with high hopes.
"I hope they offer on this visit," said McMillan about his upcoming trip to Columbus.
What is it about the Buckeyes that has caught his eye so early? Simply put, everything.
"Ohio State is one of the biggest campuses in the nation," he said "That alone makes me want to see it. Ohio State has a good tradition of putting top-notch linebackers in the NFL. I'm hoping to see all the nice facilities and especially the Horseshoe."
At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, McMillan has the size that college coaches and NFL scouts dream of. When you combine his physical size with a 4.65 40-time, a 34-inch vertical leap and a 3.5 GPA, it becomes easy to see why the athletic linebacker is getting all this attention seven months before his 17th birthday.
"My mom emphasizes good school work a lot, or no sports (for me)" McMillan said "So I have to keep (grades) up. If football doesn't work out, my backup plan is to become a chef."
Clearly, many schools and coaches are interested in what McMillan is cooking up; including Ohio State defensive coordinator Everett Withers.
"He has a nice mind for the game, and is all around a nice person to talk to," McMillan said of Withers.
What is it that coach Withers and the Buckeyes are telling him that might give them an early edge in his recruitment?
"Most colleges see me as a pass rushing OLB, but Ohio State actually told me I can man the middle in college, and that's key in my decision." McMillan said.
A big fan of Patrick Willis and DeMarcus Ware, McMillan likens his game to the style played by those two NFL superstars; but not just because of the style they play, but because of their roles as leaders.
"They are both beasts, but they are also accountable to their teammates," he said. "Of course, they are also ball hawks."
McMillan has a long way to go in his recruitment, but is anxious to get a chance to prove that he belongs on the field with the nation's best.
"I plan (this summer) on visiting a lot of colleges and seeing what they have to offer," he said "I have recently been invited to the Nike Football Training Camp and I plan to attend so I can compete against the best."
Where he competes doesn't matter, according to the Liberty County High School star. Staying in the south doesn't matter to him, either; he's lived in Georgia, Texas and Arizona.
"It doesn't matter if it's north, south, east, or west; I'm going where the best football is being played," he explained. "I like to dress nice. Who knows, maybe I'm going to bring some of this Georgia swagger up there to Ohio."
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