Catching Up with Raekwon McMillan: Ohio State Visit

By Miles Joseph on April 10, 2013 at 1:30p
McMillan and Archie

It's been a big two weeks for Ohio State football recruiting as stars from the 2014 class made their way to campus for visits.

Perhaps the biggest visitor of them all was Hinesville (GA) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who was in Columbus Monday through Wednesday of last week.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker is considered one of Georgia's top players and is the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect on the 247 Composite index. He holds offers from almost every major college in the nation, including the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas, USC, and many others.

McMillan has had the Buckeyes as one of his top schools ever since he was offered last April and currently has the Scarlet and Gray as his sole leader. His trip to Columbus last week was his fourth. On this trip, McMillan had the opportunity to meet many key figures in the Ohio State athletic program, including former two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.

We caught up with McMillan to get the scoop on his most recent trip to Columbus. Read on for what his leaders look like, when he expects to make a decision and more.

What did you get to do and see on your visit to Ohio State last week?

I went up there mainly to get a chance to sit down with Coach Meyer and talk about the Ohio State program. I also got to meet Anthony Schlegel, the guy linebackers work out with in the offseason when they can't be instructed by Coach Fickell. In addition to that, I got the chance to meet the athletic director, Gene Smith, Archie Griffin, and Bobby Carpenter.

Did you get to sit down with any players over the visit? What did they tell you?

I had the chance to talk to Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant on the visit. They were mainly telling me about Coach Fickell. They told me he's a great coach and he invited all of the linebackers over to his house for Thanksgiving.

What was your favorite part of the visit?

My favorite part of the visit was sitting down with Coach Meyer. We had a really long talk about the two championships he won at Florida. He told me when he won them that Tim Tebow wasn't the first person he handed the crystal ball to. The first person he handed it to was his middle linebacker, Brandon Spikes. Coach Meyer is an offensive-minded guy, but he also knows the importance of defense.

Linebacker Raekwon McMillan looks great in the Scarlet and GrayMcMillan in the Scarlet and Gray (via)

How often do you talk to Coach Meyer?

I talk to him about once or twice a week. We usually just talk about football and catch up on recent events.

Who do you have as your leader right now?

Right now, Ohio State is on top. I don't have a list after that though. I'll have a top three, top five, top eight, top ten – something like that in a couple of weeks.

What are some of the things you like about Ohio State?

I love the feeling I get when I'm on campus. I can definitely picture myself playing for Ohio State.

When would you like to make your decision?

I'm going to pick my school either in December or at my All-American game in January. I'm going to be enrolling early, so that's the latest I can decide.

What will be the biggest factors in your decision?

It's mostly going to be about the relationships I have with that team's coaching staff. The feeling I get on campus is also pretty important.


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dubjayfootball90's picture

The feeling he gets on Campus? He loves Ohio States Campus? I really like our chances here. This kid is a beast. Love his style of play and I hope I get to cheer him on in the future!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Love how Meyer tells stories to players. "The first guy I handed the crystal ball to was to his middle linebacker, Brandon Spikes." Wow. Just really great at framing issues and stories (and I assume remembering first names!). 

SilverState's picture

My thoughts exactly. Urban is such a good recruiter.

Unky Buck's picture

The kid looks good in scarlet and gray...

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Every kid looks great in scarlet and gray.

WC Buckeye's picture

You never know with kids, but if there is such a thing as a "near lead pipe cinch", I'd say he's one. C'mon down, Raekwon - the Buckeyes will love having you on the team!

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

DefendOhio's picture

Sounds like a Buckeye, however, December is a long way away. 

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     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

DaytonBuckeye4life's picture

My guess is he will be a Buckeye 

Buckeyeneer's picture

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyeneer's picture

Nice one, Flip. I was going to upgrade mine to either Myers face or Brutus's face after work today, but you saved me the time. Well done!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BullCityBuckeye's picture

This is gold.  Fantastic. 

Buckabroad's picture

Hi Miles,
I really want to thank you for this article, which I enjoyed a lot. Reading these interviews really gives us OSU fans a good opportunity to get to know prospective Buckeyes a little better than we would by just watching their film. Please keep these articles coming ...

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Philly White's picture

"Listen, Ghostface Killah, we'd love to have you here at Michigan" - Brady Hoke, probably.

d1145fresh's picture

I don't know how many people are going to get get this joke but it is FANTASTIC!

WC Buckeye's picture


The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture


"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyeVet's picture

I'm one of the ones that don't get it. Please explain.

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Sgt. Elias's picture

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

Gametime's picture

Raekwon a.k.a. The Chef is the name of one of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan (Hip-Hop group). Ghostface Killah a.k.a. Tony Stark is also a member of the Wu. 

Hoke earlier confused Kyle Berger for someone else, calling him "Alex". 
I think you can do the math. ^_^

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

johnblairgobucks's picture

excuse my post.  I guess it helps to read down the page before derping....

CanadianBuckeye's picture

"So I hear you are a chef!?  I love to eat!"  Brady the Hoke

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Poison nuts's picture

Genius Philly. <*wins Internet 4-10-13>

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

theobi's picture

Things can change but I like our chances here. Would be an incredible get!

zbd's picture

Always good to see a recruit smiling.

RunEddieRun1983's picture

Great kid, hope to see him in scarlet and grey.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

JYBUCKEYE's picture

I think we get him.  I wish he would commit early, and start recruiting.  Dominoes would really start falling.  I know I'm getting greedy, this is what happens when Coach Meyer spoils us with his dominance!!

lljjgg's picture

Excellent article as always, Miles!

This was just two small lines, but to me they are HUGE:
"Right now, Ohio State is on top. I don't have a list after that though."
^What that says to me? There's Ohio State, then there's everyone else. Greattt news to hear.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Good write up on the LB however with the addition of Berger does anyone think this may hurt our chances? I know Mcmillin is a near lock but nothing is ever 100%. Just curious.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


lljjgg's picture

Nah. Berger is an OLB, McMillan is an ILB/MLB so I wouldn't think the Berger (or even Hubbard, who likely won't play LB anyway imo) commitment will affect McMillan at all. McMillan is really the only big-time MLB OSU is pursuing, which I believe he knows, so that helps us. The only person one could argue Berger's commitment might affect would be Clifton Garrett -- who seems to be skewing SEC lately anyway.

toad1204's picture

Saw one of the recruiting analysts retweeted that Berger and Kwon talked.  Not wanting to read too far into this but hard to say it anything but good things.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Miles Joseph's picture

McMillan is an inside linebacker. Most of OSU's top targets and Berger are outside linebackers.

No impact 

Hovenaut's picture

"I can definitely picture myself playing for Ohio State."

There's a few of us that spend time here that feel exactly the same way about you, Raekwon.

Buckeyefan52's picture

So basically he has a top 1 of Ohio State. It goes something like this:
1. Ohio State
2. Everyone else

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm liking that order a lot.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ODEEZ330's picture

Raekwon the chef and kyle ghost face berger are forming a killer Bucks lb. Corp

stark county football

CanadianBuckeye's picture

RZA- Ryan Shazier
GZA- Curtis Grant
Ghost Face Killah- Joshua Perry?
Raekwon the Chef-  Mcmillan (If he commits)
Inspectah Deck-  David Perkins?
Masta Killa-  ???
Method Man- ???
Buckeye Lineback- Wu Tang Clan Unit?

d1145fresh's picture

Method Man--Mike Mitchell 
ODB-- Trey Johnson 
Masta Killa-- Darron Lee (if he becomes an LB)

villagebuckeye's picture

I like the fact that this is what his 4th visit all the way from Georgia on his own dime

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great interview, I really like Raekwon!  He would be an outstanding player to get.  Still a long way to go, but I like what I hear.  C'mon Raekwon, join us here at Buckeye Nation and become a part of the family!  Good luck to you, enjoy your senior year of football and I hope you become a Buckeye soon!!
Go Bucks!

Poison nuts's picture

Really like to see him as a Buckeye....Having him actually commit would be such a big move, but I can understand him waiting. Either way, he seems to already recruit for OSU, so we got that going for us....which is nice.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

I have said all along this man is a Buckeye! I forgot which recruting service was saying he looks to be a Bama lean and won't leave the south. Typical SEC mentality and it is total BS. Just like Vonn Bell. Urbz is planting a serious flag down here in GA and this will make all these SEC scumbags that much more pissed when we take the Crystal Ball from them in '13 or  in '14 at the latest!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987