Catching Up with Raekwon McMillan: Friday Night Lights

By Miles Joseph on August 2, 2012 at 6:00p
McMillan took in FNLRaekwon McMillan enjoyed his second visit to Ohio State

The Friday Night Lights camp on July 27 brought many big time prospects to Columbus. Perhaps the biggest of them all was Hinesville (GA) Liberty County 2014 LB Raekwon McMillan.

McMillan had already visited Ohio State once back in April and had a great trip, vaulting the Buckeyes to the top of his early list. McMillan decided to return to campus last weekend to see more of Columbus and get to know some of the current stars on the team to see how he'd fit in if he chose to don the scarlet and great.

Standing at 6-3/240 as just a rising junior, McMillan is a physical specimen that had 84 tackles (16 for loss) during his sophomore season. He is rated as the nation's fourteenth overall player and second best inside linebacker for his class by 247 sports and has offers from just about every big time program. 

We caught up with Raekwon to get the latest on his recruitment, how his latest visit to Columbus went, his feelings on a "super team", and more. Keep reading to find out more about one of Urban Meyer's top targets in the recruiting class of 2014, Raekwon McMillan.

You recently made your second trip to Ohio State. What did you get to see?

When I got there Thursday night, I met up with Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant. They gave me a lot of good advice. Se'Von Pittman also came through. Braxton Miller stopped by as well, and we talked for a while. He gave me some really good advice. Friday, we chilled at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center before Friday Night Lights.

What was your favorite part of the visit?

Just getting to soak in the Ohio State environment and getting to see if the college is for me. I think really highly of Ohio State.

Which coaches did you speak to on the visit? What were they telling you?

I spoke with Coach Fickell, Coach Vrabel, Coach Withers, and Coach Meyer a lot. They were telling me I'm the number one linebacker on their chart and that they want me bad. I will look hard at Ohio State.

Which schools are standing out right now?

Ohio State and Georgia are tied at the top. After that it's Alabama, Clemson, and Auburn.

When would you like to make your decision?

I'll be announcing my decision at the 2014 Under Armour All-American game.

What will be the biggest factors in your decision?

Just my relationship with the coaches and if I feel at home.

Are you expecting any other big offers to come your way?

A bunch of coaches have told me they'll offer September 1. Schools like Oklahoma State, Oregon, UCLA, and USC.

You interact with a lot of fellow 2014 recruits over Twitter. Is there a chance a bunch of you end up at the same school?

I'm starting to get to know some guys well. Most of the guys are wanting to go where top recruits are going. There are about seven of us, we're liking one school a lot right now. I can't tell you which school, though. All in all, we're looking at three schools really hard.

Do you have any other visits planned before the season? Do you plan on attending any games this fall?

I might get out to Alabama before the season starts. I plan on going to a Georgia game, an Alabama game, and the Ohio State-Michigan game.

What goals do you have for your junior season?

My team goal is to win seven or more games. As an individual, 160 tackles.


Click for video interview with McMillan following return home from OSU visit


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Tdizzle's picture

Could that one school be TOSU??

OHBuckInCA's picture

I'm guessing selling 7 top prospects on Georgia would be tougher, so, God, I hope so... Can't wait for the next couple of years!  It's getting exciting!

"The time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect." - Woody Hayes

Buckeyefan52's picture

Lets see.. McMillan, Garrett, Booker, Barker, Snodgrass, Knox, and Glass?

tennbuckeye19's picture

The only other names I can think of that could be included are Da'Shawn Hand and Orlando Brown Jr.

Jbuckham94's picture

I wonder what the three schools are. Hopefully OSU is one, but what are the other two? ND? I know Clifton is high on MSU.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

bukyze's picture

Getting as many recruits to the scUM game will be big.  Glad Raekwon will be there, since I think it will be hard to get him out of Georgia.  The atmosphere for Urban's first game against them, the fact that it will be our defacto bowl game ..... with all the students and fans going absolutely apeshit, the atmosphere is going to be electric.  I can't imagine a better chance to let OSU recruit itself and make an unforgettable impression.

Jbuckham94's picture

Winning the MNC next year?

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

bukyze's picture

Next year, yes.  This year, the TSUN game.

Miles Joseph's picture

I personally think it's Ohio State, Alabama, and another team. Obviously there's no guarantee that would happen.

avail31678's picture

I'm solely going off his comments, but he said his top 2 were OSU and GA.  And if he and "the guys" are thinking of one school in particular, it's gotta be one of his top two...right?
And if he's already taking multiple visits to OSU, I have to conclude OSU is way up there.  Pretty cool.

Sgt. Elias's picture

Well Rae (awesome name btw. C.R.E.A.M.). This is just how we get warmed up on gameday. I really like this guy, hope he chooses tOSU. Badly. 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

buck-I.8's picture

Please don't mention C.R.E.A.M with the Pryor and co. "free stuff-gate" in the so recent past.

Sgt. Elias's picture

It's a song, he's named after a member of Wu (feel old yet? I do.).  It is art imitating life, and they are completely disparate narratives in this case. Relax :) I think we saw things differently, no foul.

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

buck-I.8's picture

I'm well aware of the song, which is why I was making a joke, because of what those initials stand for in relation to our players getting free tattoos and cars. We saw things the same way

hodge's picture

I think we should just call him the Georgian Lynx.  The linebacking core is built only for him.
By the way, there's a disgustingly good mashup of the Beatles vs. Wu Tang, "C.R.E.A.M." is definitely a standout track.

Sgt. Elias's picture

*listens. Damn Hodge you're right, great mash. My neighbors got bounced outta bed by the bass.

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Look out for the cops. Word up. Two for five over here baby. Word up...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Crimson's picture

He looks like a man among children.  Go easy on Lucas.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Some doubt is always good to have with a Stud like him.  However, I think even after sitting down with Coach #1 may not be enough for Coach # 2 to lose this one (according to Alex's article).  I have a good feeling that 2014 will be Verrry nice.  We'll see but this IMO will be the class that Urban will have the most time to work on (yes so will all the others like Saban, but don't doubt UFM).  I can't see all seven or so of those kids going to OSU...I think they already know and all OSU has to do is win...and they're in.  Have faith we'll all see in 28 days;-)
Enjoy this below...especially 35 seconds in...that will look familar soon in 114 days.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Sgt. Elias's picture

Did we ever catch this clip?
Whish Tress did something like this when I was there. 
Like this too:
Man, is it time for football yet?

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

3technique's picture

This kid is a man among boys! The next two years will be sick! Hoprfully he commits early and works on the other elite 14' prospects!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

All Urban has to do is get these kids on the sideline for this year's Ohio State vs AACC and it's over - they will be blown away!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Drewbuckeye's picture

He is already committed. We just have to wait for 2014. 

703Buckeye's picture

Go away

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

buck-I.8's picture

Pull a recruitbuck, change your name, and try again pal, it's too late for you now.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Hey Drew...what happened last year when Urban got hired?  There was about 7 decommits that came to OSU is what.  Please don't act as if you are saying something we don't already know.  Daniel McMillan and Stevens are both going to visit OSU (probably for a game).  You don't think seeing Urban and OSU in action may change their minds?  Please think outside the box there will serve you better than your "sources"  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

CincyCaliBuck's picture

Well Drew said so, so it must be fact LMAO ^^^ has he came with any breaking news as of yet??? He makes predictable guesses & posts things as if they are from a reliable source... Attention whore! ...SMH!!!

buckeye76BHop's picture

SMH indeed Cincy...what a no talent ass clown.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Go Bucks! Love Raekwon in the shoe.

cinserious's picture

Relax guys, let's not turn this into Bucknuts where everybody acts like a dipshit and douchebag to each other! Thats why I don't even bother posting on there anymore as 11-W is a much classier site! Anyway, It would appear as if OSU, Bama, and another un-named team are at the top of several recruit's lists. If everything goes as planned, We'll see a nice wave of '14 recruits cominfg our way, and if not, it still shapes up to be a dominating recruiting class for us especially if we can make some inroads into Da'Shawn Hand's recruiting. Getting that dude is worth like five 4* recruits.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

FROMTHE18's picture

Long way to go with this guy, just hope we stay up there...dudes a Monster

MAVBuck's picture

First time I've actually watched his highlight film. EXPLOSIVE!!!!
I was high on Michael Ferns but Raekwon blows him out of the water.