Catching Up with Raekwon McMillan: The Game Visit

By Miles Joseph on November 27, 2012 at 12:30p

One of the most glaring issues for the 2012 Ohio State football team was depth at linebacker.

It got so bad that FB Zach Boren had to shift to the group in the middle of the season, and with his departure, as well as Etienne Sabino's, things aren't looking much better for the 2013 team if young players on the roster and coming in don't step up.

McMillan is all about the BucksMcMillan has the Buckeyes on top following his visit

The Buckeyes have yet to land a linebacker in the class of 2013, but have good chances to land Mike Mitchell and Auburn commit Trey Johnson, as well as DB/LB Chris Worley of Glenville. The staff also has a chance at both Florida commit Daniel McMillan and Skai Moore.

Regardless of what happens in 2013, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year in linebacker recruiting for the Bucks. One of the top targets in the class, if not the number one player on OSU's board, is Hinesville (GA) Liberty County LB Raekwon McMillan

The Georgia native is up high on Urban Meyer's wish list for good reason. At 6-3/235, McMillan has great size for just a high school junior, and backed up the looks test with an outstanding season where he recorded 152 tackles (22 for loss) after a sophomore season where he had 84 tackles (16 for loss).

McMillan has been to Columbus on two previous occasions, once back in the spring where he received an offer from the Buckeyes, and then again in the summer where he visited to take in the Friday Night Lights camp. It's safe to say McMillan enjoyed both visits, as he named the Buckeyes his leader after the summer trip.

The five-star prospect decided to return to campus this past weekend to take in The Game, the first OSU game he has ever attended. He enjoyed his visit as he got to spend some time with the coaches and fellow recruits, getting more comfortable with the place he may call his future home.

We caught up with Raekwon to get the scoop on his visit to Ohio State, find out if the Buckeyes are still in the lead, what other schools are standing out and much more. Keep reading to learn more about star 2014 LB Raekwon McMillan.

How did you like the visit and game?

It was a great visit. I got to go to one of the best rivalries of all time. The atmosphere for the game was awesome.

Which coaches did you talk to on the visit?

Coach Meyer, Coach Fickell, and Coach Withers. They all gave me great attention even though it wasn't my official visit. Coach Meyer pulled me aside and talked to me three or four times over the visit.

What did they tell you?

They tell me Ohio State is a prestigious university and say they are thin at linebacker and really need to add more linebackers.

How often do you talk to OSU?

I talk to Ohio State every two or three days. I usually talk to Coach Pantoni and Coach Withers.

What kind of relationship do you have with Coach Withers?

I call him all the time. We're building a really strong relationship.

Which schools are standing out?

Ohio State is still in the lead, then Clemson and Georgia. Those two schools are fighting for the number two spot. After that, it's Notre Dame and Alabama.

When would you like to make a decision?

I'll be announcing my college decision at the 2014 Army All-American Bowl.

What will be the biggest factors in your decision?

The university as a whole and the future of the football program.

What's your relationship like with fellow 2014 prospects?

I talk to a lot of the 2014 guys on Twitter all the time. I got to talk to Drew Barker, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Clifton Garrett, Da'Shawn Hand, and others this weekend.

Is there a chance some of you go to the same school?

We all talk about it happening, but it's definitely not a sure thing.

What goals do you have for your senior season?

My goal is to lead my team on a playoff run and to be ranked in the top 10 on every recruiting website.


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bassplayer7770's picture

Okay, I watched a bit of his film, and I have a few thoughts:
1.  He is a friggin' truck.
2.  His tackling technique seems to be very good.  I don't see him lunging at players.
3.  He seems to be a perfect fit at tOSU with our tradition of LBs.
I certainly hope he'll be a Buckeye.

Dougger's picture

only needed to watch a minute of that video.. that guy's a junior? holy crap.. 
bass now when you say truck, you mean like rocket booster at the drag strip truck? he was flying through holes at a bazillion miles per hour. wow

I like football

bassplayer7770's picture

bass now when you say truck, you mean like rocket booster at the drag strip truck? he was flying through holes at a bazillion miles per hour. wow

That description works for me!

703Buckeye's picture

I've probably said this too many times, but once more won't hurt... This kid is a must get player. That type of talent can have an immediate and positive impact on any team.

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

DMcDougal24's picture

100% agree. My number 1 player for 2014. 150+ tackles in a single season? In high school? Yes please

Buckeye06's picture

Last video of a LB'er I saw that good was Dorian Bell...guy is a beast

bslatco's picture

I cant wait to get the Grey Box with him pledging to be a Buckeye!!!

Defend Youngstown's picture

Raekwon has the kind of talent that can carry a whole team on his back. I hope he considers comitting sooner, because he's the kind of guy you build a class around.

Ann Arbor Buckeye's picture

That is one of the most impressive highlight films I have seen from a LB in high school.  Bass: you are right, the kid is a monster truck!  It sounds like he is pretty sold on the good guys at least for now.  Let's hope he stays that way and ends up a Buckeye.  He could probably come in and start as a freshman if he does early enroll.

Yes there are two Buckeyes in Ann arbor on this site!

HSBDAWG's picture

You should see him live and in color he is BEAST MODE.

Hayze's picture

I'm defnitely all for recruits taking their time, taking visits and then deciding what is the best for them. I don't like when recruits committ to a school early and then have second thoughts about it. But I'm wondering why he wants to wait all the way until the all-star game to commit. It seems like he is fairly far along in the recruiting process. If he knows where he wants to go fo sure (whether it be OSU or somewhere else), say in May, why would he want to wait another 6 months to committ when he could committ to his school of choice and then help recruit for that school?

onetwentyeight's picture

JSEUS. Kids named AFTER RAEKWON are playing college sports now. #old #wow #offmylawn 

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Strip/return at 1:10 in video is child abuse.

MAVBuck's picture

was just going to post the same thing. when i seen him come off the edge untouched i thought, big deal. then i seen him pick it up and run it for a td on the other side of the field...

buckeye76BHop's picture

WOW...this kid is ridiculous...fills and gets in the backfield better than anyone we have for LB at OSU right now besides Shazier.  Once Raekwon gets more disciplined and learns how to read college offenses...oh my goodness is about all I can say.  Really hope we have him after 2014 signing day...since we're going to have to wait anxiously till then I suppose.

"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 

Triv's picture

I think if OSU can lock up Barker, Garrett, Booker, and maybe Snodgrass sometime this spring/summer, they could convince Raekwon to pull the trigger sooner. I believe he also has said that just because he will announce at the AA game it doesn't mean he won't have committed before then, just doesn't plan to make it public

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Nick's picture

Good technique. Squares up and keeps his feeting driving so the ball carrier doesn't gain addition yards after the hit MANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN we could have used that this year. Even when tackles are made they are still getting extra yards falling forwards.

jestertcf's picture

Kid is a monster, I really liked his demeanor no real showboat on the field.
On an aside he changed his twitter handle to him in buckeye gear at The Game over the weekend.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

osubuckeye4life's picture

This kid is a beast and would fit perfectly at tOSU! 
I can't wait to see how his recruiting goes.