Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: Raekwon Sets Top Six

By Miles Joseph on August 9, 2013 at 2:00p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook. It has been a relatively slow week in the world of Buckeye recruiting.

McMillan will officially visit OSU for the Penn State game

The biggest news of the week is probably Ohio State's top remaining target, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan naming his top six and setting his official visits. 

A couple of weeks ago, many thought 2014 athlete Noah Brown was very close to committing to the Buckeyes. This might no longer be the case. 

Two players with Buckeye offers are announcing their college selection on Monday. The Bucks were once considered the leader for one of these players. We'll predict their final destination(s) in the buzz.

One of the top players in the 2015 class was on campus for a visit this week. We'll tell you which top recruit was in Columbus and how things went.

A few players the Buckeyes showed interest in committed to other schools in the last week. We will tell you who and where they're headed to play their college ball.

We'll also take a peak into the future of Buckeye recruiting.

Join us after the jump to learn about the past, present, and future of Ohio State football recruiting.


Hinesville (GA) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan has been a top target of the Buckeyes for well over a year. 

He named a top six of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and Ole Miss. He also set official visits with five of the six schools. He will kick things off with a visit to Georgia, September 28, when the Dawgs take on LSU. He will then travel to Clemson to watch them play Florida State, October 19th. Next comes a visit to Columbus, October 26, for the Penn State game, under the lights. He will wrap things up by visiting Alabama, November 9, and Florida, November 30. An announcement will come at the Under Armour All-American Game, in early of January.



I still like the Buckeyes, but it's definitely not a done deal. Alabama, Clemson and Florida will provide stiff competition for the standout inside linebacker. He currently claims no leaders.



Brown has pushed his timetable back

Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXII athlete Noah Brown is another one of the Buckeyes' remaining targets in the 2014 class. A few weeks ago, some thought a commitment to Ohio State was imminent. This may no longer be the case. The 6-foot-2-inch, 210 pound athlete told Eleven Warriors that he wants to take more visits before making his decision. He currently has Ohio State as his leader, but that could change.

I have never been on the Brown to OSU train and maintain he will end up going elsewhere. Probably to Rutgers or Virginia Tech. 



A pair of 2014 recruits – Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School defensive back Quincy Wilson and Fort Lauderdale Plantation athlete Chris Lammons – are announcing their college decisions on Monday. Both Sunshine state products hold offers from the Scarlet and Gray.

At one point, many thought Wilson was going to end up playing his college ball in Columbus. OSU was really never in the picture for Lammons. The Florida Gators have taken over the lead for Wilson and they've always led for Lammons. I think both of these top prospects will commit to the Gators.



2015 Suffield (Conn.) Academy defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was in Columbus a few days ago for an unofficial visit. 

Things reportedly went pretty well for the top 100 junior. He is nowhere close to making his decision, but the Bucks have put themselves in a good position, early in his recruitment.



Finally, Lessburg (Ga.) Lee County quarterback and Buckeye commit Stephen Collier will enroll at OSU early. It's always great for a recruit to start working out with the team early – especially when that recruit is a quarterback.


A couple of players the Buckeyes either offered or targeted committed to another school in the last week.

The biggest commitment came when Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews chose Oklahoma last Friday. The massive 6-foot-6-inch wide receiver grew up rooting for the Sooners. 



Hilton Head (S.C.) Island defensive tackle Poona Ford committed to the Louisville Cardinals. Ford held an "offer" from the Scarlet and Gray, but it was most likely not a committable offer. He's a great addition for the Cards.

Springfield (Ohio) linebacker Davonte James decided he'll play college ball for West Virginia. The Buckeyes expressed interested at the beginning of his recruitment, but never extended him an offer.

Finally, 2015 Detroit (MI) Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell committed to Michigan State. The Buckeyes never really had a chance to evaluate him, thus he never received an offer. This is a great pickup for Sparty.


There isn't much to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, as things will be pretty quiet until the season opener.

We will see recruits visiting for every game, starting when the Bucks host Buffalo, August 31.


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oregonianbuckeye's picture

Thanks for the update, Miles. Any word on Samuel?

Miles Joseph's picture

Not too much has changed recently. There's still a good chance he'll commit before the season- to OSU or Rutgers... I think the Bucks have a pretty big lead.

Kindell's picture

Andrews was a guy that I always held out some small hope for.  I know it was a long shot from the beginning but I think this guy is going to turn into a big time player.  I think it will be at the tight end position though.

Miles Joseph's picture

I agree I think with his size, tight end is a better fit 

razrback16's picture

Yep I agree -- and we'll actually be playing against him in '16 & '17 with a home and home against Oklahoma. Should be fun to watch.

FROMTHE18's picture

Outside of Samuel, do we have any major prospects to look forward to before the all american games? Also, Im feeling less and less sure that McMillan comes here. OSU leads then he has no leaders, and so on and so on, I think we would have to have a sizeable advantage with him after his visit or theres a good chance we lose him to Bama. 

Miles Joseph's picture

Samuel is really the only one I could see committing soon. I still like OSU getting Raekwon. He's just playing things close to the vest.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

I thought Thomas Holley would announce soon?

buck-I.8's picture

Holley said after his Cuse visit that there was strong possibility of his commitment coming before the season, so you're right.

Crimson's picture

He's been saying he has no leaders for months.
Translation: we're leading.

gobucks96's picture

No Pona..... Blocked again!

BuckeyeSouth's picture

That Bama game on November 9th is against LSU.  Would love to see nothing more than a blowout by the Tigers.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I like where your head is, but I don't see Bama getting blown out by anyone.
Also, there have been times where McMillan has said OSU was his leader.  Not sure why he is saying he has no leaders now.  Still think he will be a Buckeye tho!

gwright78's picture

I was enjoying watching Raekwon blow up running backs, then I saw him lined up as RB and, as a former DB, I got legitimately scared. Me looks like an all-around mean dude.

bucknasty13's picture

Birm, are there any recruits that nobody is talking about that you could see ending up in 2014 class?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I think at this point the names are pretty well known. There's always a player or two out there that could get a look down the line if things don't shake out the way Ohio State wants (LB Petra Wilson, OL Brian Wallace to name a couple). One player who Ohio State would love to land is Tyler Luatua, the talented TE from California who is supposed to make an official visit in September. 

jaxbuckeye's picture

Birm, what do you think the chances are of getting Luatua?

jaxbuckeye's picture

Awesome, awesome job by everyone on the site btw, you in particular.  Just got my 80 yr old father to start visiting the site. He loves having a source now for Buckeye news!

Miles Joseph's picture

We will probably see a few new names pop up when December hits... Like James Clark last year.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Thoughts on the Buckeyes chances for JuJu Smith or where he probably will go? I just saw he is still taking an official visit but hard to see him fitting in.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I'm by no means an insider or expert, but based on the reports I've heard lately, it just sounds like McMillan is kind of tired of it all in terms of the recruiting onslaught. You have to remember that he's been on the national radar for a couple of years now and had a full summer of camps. School, and a normal schedule, will probably be good for him and his whole outlook. Of course I hope he chooses us, but best of luck to him however it plays out.

northcampus's picture

I completely agree.  In addition, the locals constantly in his ear trying to push him towards UGA have to be weighing on him.
I personally think the Dawgs are OSU's biggest competition for this kid and while OSU, Clemson, and Bama have all been speculated as 'leaders' at some point, him ending up at UGA wouldn't surprise me a bit.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Miles great article with outstanding information.  I always look forward to this updated.
Go Bucks!!

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Birm, any word on Dixon?  The last thing we heard about him was a few weeks ago when he put Ohio State in his top 3 and then nothing after.

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Go get your shine box, Gumar!

EDUGOON's picture

Great piece Miles!!! My personal take is that we may have yet another Curtis Grant on our hands in McMillian. I don't know. I keep looking at his film and he looks to be a DE in my eyes. I'm just sayin ((Kanye Shurg)). Still crossing my fingers for Samuel that would be a great grab. Him paired with D1 and J.Marshall, with Eze,Bri and possibly Ball!!! They will have defenses at there mercy for years to come. #GOBUCKS

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

buckeyeguy0615's picture

Every time I refresh the page, I get a mini heart attack because I think Raekwon McMillan committed.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Interesting.  I never was a guy to get much into the details of recruiting, so this will probably seem like a dumb question to all of you who are plugged into this aspect of the sport ... but when reading about all of the trips that Raekwon McMillan is making it makes me wonder, do the kid's families have to foot the bill for all of these visits?  If so that seems like it would be a hardship on the families with less disposable income, put them at a distinct disadvantage.  Also, is there a limit to how many schools a kid can visit?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

@ Scarletngrey01:
Has to be the most oft-asked question on the site or the one people want to ask, but are afraid to. Here's a link that pretty much breaks down the visits, of which they are allowed to take five (5) officials. I'm sure others here could chime in with good info as well.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great information EB, thanks!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

zbd's picture

I'm confident Raekwon will be a Buckeye.  What is "not a committable offer"?  Was it an offer or not. Maybe a contingent.......an offer if player x doesn't commit, or if your grades improve?  That's a crock if so. 

hit_the_couch's picture

He's been here 17 times already. So what exactly is an 'official visit?'

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

buckskin's picture

Raekwon looks better every time I watch his tape.  Does not overpursue, closes on the ball carrier very well, and reads the pass very well.  And oh yeah, hits like a freight train. I predict another Vonn Bell street fight with the Bucks coming out on top again.
Any recent news on Damien Prince?

Sub-UrbanCommandoMDK's picture

Hey everyone remember Meyers a closer if they got Vonn they can Raekwon...MDK

Sub-Urban Commando

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I wonder what happened to Noah Brown. I thought for sure he was going to commit. 

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

Is it weird that I want to go see Raekwon play in person?  I live about 20 minutes from Hinesville.  I may have to go see a game or two.  Who wants to come with me???