Raekwon McMillan is No. 18

By Jeremy Birmingham on December 16, 2013 at 12:34p
Raekwon McMillan is headed to Columbus

Today, after nearly two long years of recruitment, up-and-down emotions and a back-and-forth decision making process, Raekwon McMillan has made his college choice and just announced via NBCSports.com/Rivlas.com on live TV that he’s headed to Ohio State.

While many had thought McMillan was Columbus bound for sometime the decision was far from easy for the nation’s top prep linebacker. He struggled mightily with the whether to follow his head, which had him believing that Alabama might be the "best" place for him, or his heart, which has always loved Ohio State. Today he chose his heart.

McMillan, the nation’s top-ranked inside linebacker prospect according to 247Sports.com’s composite feature, which combines the ranking for players across the three major recruiting networks, is not just your everyday, run-of-the-mill athlete. He’s a deeply introspective talent that uses brain as much as brawn and despite multiple emotionally charged visits to each school he considered, ended up choosing the one he was always the most at ease, the most comfortable, with.


  • Size: 6-2/242
  • Pos: LB
  • School: Liberty County (Hinesville, Ga)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 1 (ILB)

At 6-foot-2, and 242-pounds, McMillan fits the mold at linebacker perfectly, he is a run-stuffing nightmare, but has excellent top end speed that allows him to get sideline-to-sideline if he needs to. Simply put, there’s not much that Raekwon McMillan can’t do, and the knack for football was something his mother, Monica Washington, recognized at an early age.

“He was nine-years-old when he started really playing football,” Mrs. Washington told 11W. “(We) wanted something that would keep him focused, something he would enjoy doing and something that could give him a future besides sitting in front of the TV playing video games. So his father and I signed him up for (recreational football) and it's been that ever since.”

Finally, Raekwon McMillan is a BuckeyeOhio State has landed Raekwon McMillan.

“(His football talent) was real natural talent. He first started as a running back, but as he got bigger, they wanted him to start tackling. It's just a God-given talent. Like it was just meant to be.”

Last week, McMillan was named the high school football winner of the Butkus Award. The award, given at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, is not awarded solely on athletic prowess, and it’s the Georgian’s success off-the-field that has earned him the respect of coaches, teammates and opponents everywhere he’s been in the past two years. Despite all the acclaim, McMillan has kept a low-profile and kept his focus where it belongs, on others.

“He's grown from a good football player who was quiet, who led by example, to a kid who was a vocal leader his senior year,” Tony Glazer, an assistant coach at Liberty County told Eleven Warriors when McMillan was awarded the Butkus. “He turned into the best LB in the nation (because) he was the ultimate team guy. It was always about just trying to get in the win on Friday an not how many tackles could he get. He's a better person then he is football player.”

When asked how she has seen him grow after years of national attention, attention that can often take even the humblest soul and turn them into a “me-first” person, Washington echoed the sentiments of Glazer, heaping praise on her son, not as a football player, but as a person.

“He’s always stayed so humble,” she said. “Raekwon is an ‘old soul,’ but he’s grown into a wonderful young man. I'm most happy about his academics, because even though he’s a smart kid, with all this stuff going on he has still maintained his 3.4 grade point average. I'm not worried about much (as he prepares to leave for college in under three weeks,) I just don't want him to get caught up in any hype. (I hope) he just stays focused and always do what his heart feels.”

It was his heart that led him to the choice he made today, the choice to pick the Buckeyes despite immense pressure to stay closer to home, to play football in the SEC, and to “buck” the “tide” that insists that good football is only played beneath the Mason-Dixon line.

It was not just McMillan’s relationship with the Ohio State head coach that pushed him in direction of the Buckeyes. He’s become very close with another nationally-ranked recruit who spurned the lure of southern football, Buckeye commitment Jalyn Holmes.

Much was made over the last few months about McMillan’s choice being impacted by his desire to stay closer to home, and to his younger brothers and parents, but in the end, the decision is about the chance to play big-time football at a place he was comfortable inside and out, knowing that he’ll get a chance to compete for national championships and to receive a degree. The latter is what stands out to his mother.

McMillan has earned his accolades

“We want him to be happy and get his degree,” Monica Washington said. “So wherever he is going to be happy, (wherever) he is going to accomplish all he needs (to do,) we are satisfied. We’ve always said that hundreds of miles away from home is not a problem.”

McMillan’s talents extend off the football field as well, he’s an ROTC member and is even skilled in places one would not usually predict for a teenage as adept at a game with football’s inherent violence.

“He's an awesome baker! He bakes cakes from scratch,” Washington added. “They are awesome. (He makes) the icing and everything from scratch.”

McMillan plans to enroll at Ohio State on January 6th. He is the 18th member of the 2014 Buckeye recruiting class.

Highlights? Highlights:



Gametime's picture


...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Kwon's commitment is so SEXY is deserves the first ever double:


WezBuck28's picture

That's the funniest shit I've seen in a long time Haha...that's classic right there!

Mirror Lake Jump's picture


Bucks777's picture

Merry Christmas!!!  :-)
It is funny to watch over and over again his commitment; after he puts on the Ohio State Hat his left forearm comes down on the bill of the Alabama hat which then flips up onto his arm and he brushes it away like ..Get outa here!!!  Love It!!!!

RoyMunson's picture

Chalk another up for Urbz and Co.

Joe4's picture


MattyBeingMatty's picture


“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

tae1986's picture

Holy Jeremy that was fast haha!!

Remind yourself, Nobody built like you, You designed yourself.

steveoz49's picture


GoBucksOSU's picture

Awesome! Welcome to the family Kwon!

osu07asu10's picture


WELCOME HOME RAEKWON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

jeremytwoface's picture

That was quick lol....
Good job to everyone at 11W for their work on this one!

GoBucksOSU's picture

I'm almost certain that this article was typed out before the announcement.

jeremytwoface's picture

Lol yes I realize that....
It was still pretty fast. He must have had his mouse hovering over the "publish" button.

droessl's picture

ALMOST certain? 11W is good, but an insightful column typed up at what, 1800+ wpm?! 

GoBucksOSU's picture

Well 11W could be done by aliens or something. Or maybe have some new technology that no one else in the world has. ;)

Squirrel Master's picture

The real question is how long has Jeremy known this and has been holding back like a 5 yr old having to pee?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

stevebelliseeya's picture

"What's the matter kid? Don't ya like clowns? - Captain Spaulding

d1145fresh's picture

Thank you Crimson... when the site crashed I couldn't get anything to actually post other than the link.

Ethan's picture

Best announcement since Kyle Dodson. The whole "I'm gonna roll with..." with the bama hat was a classic troll move. LOVE IT

Nuts4Bucks13's picture

Raekwon the chef! I almost had a heart attack when he picked up the 'Bama hat.

OSUStu's picture

It is not official until this is made a gray box.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

logamaniac's picture

Wow he turned my stomach when he picked up and pulled that Bama cap to him. Good one sir. 

cinserious's picture

Aint no party like a MK Millan party!


"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

otrain2416's picture

Hell ya so pumped!!!!! Welcome to the Buckeye family

mobboss1984's picture


Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Raekwon follows Vonn Bell's example with the bow tie to tOSU. Do I sense a trend?

Grande Gustavo's picture

We are all merely disciples of Dr. Gee. 

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

AndyVance's picture

It's Gee's world, we're all just living in it.

Dublin68's picture

yes...finally...Welcome Raekwon to the Buckeyes nation

Sean N's picture

Kenny P.  The Marcus Hall of the Mexican League.

chromedomebuck's picture

YES!!!!!!! Welcome to Buckeye Nation Raekwon!
Glad to have been wrong on my "prediction"

Champions Bleed Scarlet & Gray

Hovenaut's picture

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

osu07asu10's picture

Hove, you'll always get a +1 for any Sanford GIF.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

doodah_man's picture

Yesssss. Welcome to the Machine!

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

raki's picture

Hurray..................................Made my week.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

As a Bruins fan, excellent usage of Rene.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Red Wings fan here, but I like his fired-up enthusiasm as well as his rendition of the National Anthem. He knows how to pump up the Bruins fans.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

It's been great having you guys in the East. You're also as boring in 24/7 as I thought you would be.

Maestro's picture


vacuuming sucks

sandybagger1's picture

great news welcome young man, feel good knowing i have to do some ceiling repairs where my head went thru the when i jumped out of my seat


Alpo's picture

Troll Tide! Yeah the Bama hat pickup scared me pretty good! Phew! Welcome to the family Kwon!

Toilrt Paper's picture

Naw...those who announce with several hats on a table always first pickup a hate they are not picking as their college of choice.
Urban not only attracts 5* players, but also 5* students from 5* families.
Young man, if you have a burning desire to start as Freshman, you chose the correct school.

Tjames43's picture

We moved all the way to No. 2 in the 247 composite rankings!!!!!!!!!!! Lets hope the rest of our biggest targets follow suit and get us to No. 1!!!!!!!!!

Borrowed Time's picture

wow I think 11W overloaded from too many people refreshing the page

brandonbauer87's picture

The old bait and switch to the good guys. 

Gametime's picture

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

WOLFofOHIO's picture

Boom. Welcome. Kwon. LETS PARTAYYYYYYYY!!!!

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

Barnsey69's picture


I am a modern-art masterpiece.

BuckGnome's picture

"So, about that 'crootin lull some of you were talking about.  LULz"

hit_the_couch's picture

Is there video? 
The previous link said he would announce between now and probably 1. I missed the link.

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

iball's picture

Chef Raekwon!! Cooking up some mouth-watering QB sacks!!!

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

BuckGnome's picture

Can you smell what the Kwon is cooking?

Barnsey69's picture

Freakin awesome!
And can you update the new poll question regarding whether Kwan starts next year to include: "I @#*%ing hope so!"

I am a modern-art masterpiece.

Seattle Linga's picture

I love me some jirating cameramen

otrain2416's picture

A message to Saban from Urban 

chitown buckeye's picture

This is one of my favorites!! Its awesome in reverse but I have not actually seen it the other way. Would love to see going forward once to compare its awesomeness! 

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Jack Burton's picture

It's all in the reflexes - Me

chirobuck's picture

LOL......infinate upvotes for this guy

^ best post ever ^

AndyVance's picture

The Closer to Little Nicky:

Timmeh's picture

So amazing.... Congrats on an awesome choice Raekwon!!!!

KLF Buckeye's picture

Tis the season... 

Seattle Linga's picture

Celebrate good times come on

OSU1995's picture

YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“You have to make decisions, ... I've never pretended that every decision I've made was right. And I've been reminded of that.” 
     - James Patrick Tressel

Larryp713's picture

Great get! Raekwon sounds like somebody who is going to be really easy to root for. Welcome to the good guys!!!



chicago12's picture

Welcome young man! Great player, but people think that he is even a better person. That's something.

Northbrook's picture

Glad he will be playing for the Buckeyes but the hat dance? Come on.

tdible2132's picture

Now I'm ready for folks to start posting the tears of those in SEC country. I want to taste those tears!!

Jdadams01's picture

That pretty much seals the best LB class in the country.

Joe4's picture

I watched the announcement without sound...  Did he really say, "I'm going to roll with..." when he picked up the Bama hat?  If so, hahahahahahahahahah!

chirobuck's picture

I'm glad I didn't watch it, theres a strong history of heart disease in my family

^ best post ever ^

jkrk's picture

Yes he did. Amazing.

chirobuck's picture

first Bell then Kwon......how much does Saban hate Meyer right now

^ best post ever ^

Hayesedandconfused's picture

Talk about an early Christmas present... Wow

Cusbuck's picture

I'm not saying,  I'm just saying.

GoBucks713's picture

How Firm Thy Friendship.....
Welcome home Raekwon. Now lets see what we can do to get you in that #36 Jersey.

-The Aristocrats!

Buckabroad's picture

Kwon, I have always respected you for your humility and thoughtfulness. I would have been heart-broken had you opted to go elsewhere. I will greatly look forward to cheering you on in the Shoe and I know that you will accomplish (even more) great things at OSU and beyond.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

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

umbyosu's picture

EspiN 100 declares 3-star linebacker commits to OSU after Alabama and Auburn reconsiders offers!!
Great to have you as member of TOSU, Raekwon!

mshaf's picture

Thank you Raekwon for starting my week out on a great note. Welcome to Buckeye Nation !

brumon's picture

can someone post his decision video? missed it

Jangs78's picture

YES!!   This is the best news Ive heard in a long time....so excited for this kid!  Hes gonna be a Buckeye legend when  all is said and done.  
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Raekwon!!!

Buckeye06's picture

I heard he said after that Clemson was his #2 choice after OSU

Zimmy07's picture

We scored first on Clemson!

KingsRite's picture

BaBaBOOM!!! U next DIXON!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Joe4's picture

I would think that, if there are any southern players who are really interested in going to OSU but have concerns about coming north, Kwon's commitment would emphasize to them that this is a legitimate decision.  I mean, I know we've gotten other southern players, but this one just feels the biggest.

OSUStu's picture

For those that want to catch some of the follow-up interview with Kwon that might not have been available on the webcast:

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for posting - had to take a business call 2 minutes before the announcement so I missed it. Nice to hear that Vrabel was playing with his brothers and not that Meyer was having a beer with his dad like the knob that decided to go to TTUN.

SilverState's picture

Kind of cool when he took off the hat before thanking Swinney. Respectful kid.

buckguy10's picture

He seems to be a very respectful kid. I can't wait to see him in scarlet and gray.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Excellent, thanks OSUSTU!
Love his "correction" and can't wait to see him in action in the S&G.  Fine young man, awesome athlete.

cinserious's picture

This is exactly the type of situation we all expected when the greatest university in all the land was paired up with the greatest college football coach in all the land. Raekwon made Buckeye Nation proud today and will continue to do so for the next (approx.) four years! 



This ride we Buckeye fans are on still feels surreal... and its only just begun!

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

KingsRite's picture

I love how he said "Roll with" and then chose the OSU cap! LOL Then he corrected himself and made sure he said "THE Ohio State University". I'm loving this guy already! See you in C-Bus Kwon!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

buckeyestu's picture

The next great Ohio State linebacker. Welcome to the great state of Ohio Kwon. Good luck in the classroom and on the field.

Jugdish's picture

Hey Saban! Get used to missing. Urban is here.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

jkrk's picture

I love that Bert's in the background just watching.

MN Buckeye's picture

Wasn't that Hoke leaving a crater in the yard?

fear_the_nut70's picture

If you don't see dried barbecue sauce on the front of the shirt, it ain't Hoke.

Grande Gustavo's picture

I'm headed back to campus today. Anyone want to help me fill mirror lake and then jump in it?

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

Bucks777's picture

NOW LET"S START HIM!!!!!!!  Need to get him a play book and some film study immediately, and get him in the lineup yesterday!!!!  LOL  :-)

BuckeyeTennis91's picture

Huge get, great way to start the week! He's gonna be a great one. Imagine if Shazier comes back, him and McMillan what a duo that could be.

CCatanzaro's picture

How nerve wracking that process must be for a high school kid.  Way to keep your composure, Raekwon!  If he winds up wearing #2, he will be a part of a long line of face crushers who have donned that number.  I no longer care that I'm snowed in!

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.


Basso Profondo's picture

Me seeing the news:

Can't hold in the excitement:

Nutbuck1959's picture

Mom needs to buy this kid a good coat and gloves!

Doc's picture

Congratulations Kwon, welcome to the family.
Is he a 5* star recruit?  I'm not a recruitnik, sorry for the question.

"Say my name."

Buckeye06's picture

Yea 5* across the board.  Number 1 guy at his position according to most services

Doc's picture

Thank you 06, I'm not up on my recruiting.  Seems to be a class kid.  I hope he does well.

"Say my name."

ceegeelawrence's picture

Hey that's pretty cool. I'm kinda excited. 

IBleedSandG's picture

Wait a minute... he's an "awesome baker" and his name is Raekwon... Psssh, I know I will be referring to Rae' as da Chef from now on.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Jack Burton's picture

Raekwon.........Only Built 4 Ohio State.

It's all in the reflexes - Me

IBleedSandG's picture

Why didn't I think of that. Well played, Mr. Burton!

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

cinserious's picture

What Raekwon does on the football field AND in the kitchen is pure MAGIC!

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"


Welcome Raekwon. Looking forward to seeing you knock people around.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Mad Thatta's picture

briefly turned my attention away during the announcement. but this is similar to my reaction.

"No." - Rosa Parks

BlazeTheBuckeye's picture

 You guys never let me down .... Gif's are hilarious lol

Hardly home but always reppin

Buckeye1996's picture

Raekwon's family should be very proud of him and the way he handles himself.
Buckeye nation just received a commitment from an elite player and person.
Wow. Get ready for a special ride folks.

DiasporaBuck's picture

That's one of the things I love about this.  Yes, we got a guy who's well-poised to be absolutely special on the field, but as long as he stays true to himself as he makes his way out into the world, he seems like he's also the kind of person that will help the guys around him be their best selves too.  I'm going to be proud seeing him in scarlet and gray, and I'm going to really enjoy rooting for him.  Happy Kwon-zaa Buckeye Nation!

OSU Class of 1999

GV9's picture

This is going to add some starch into the "D" before long.  
So glad to have a great kid like Raekwon on board.  Comes from a Great Family too.  Wonderful combination.

buckz4evr's picture

I am so happy we landed him.  Godspeed Mr. McMillan!  Also, I loved the '....roll with Ohio State.  Then he corrected himself and said 'THE Ohio State University'   

RoyMunson's picture

In all of this coverage, I don't ever remember anyone telling us that Raekwon is the son of Xzibit.
Huge oversight in coverage, in my opinion.

BigKat45's picture

Go GET you an awkward manhug! Bring it on, Kwon!

"Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” - Urban

CCatanzaro's picture

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.


Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

Frostybuck88's picture

Hell yes!!!!!!! 
Welcome to the family Raekwon!
Hell yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Dude abides...

buckeyerose's picture

Good choice!  He's one good looking Buckeye!

Just win!  

Bucks43201's picture

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Youngbuck85's picture

Lol all time funniest gif... Did the same dance when I heard this news though 

BenedictineBuck's picture

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

mchaytou21's picture

This was just the good news I needed to hear, it has been a rough two weeks!
With that said, he looks like a solid player to build a defense around, I am excited to see him in a Buckeye uniform.

When an intimidator fails to intimidate, he becomes intimidated.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Heart over head, like Mavety before him.  

That was fun though, right?

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Edincostarica's picture

Buckeye Nation is definitely ecstatic today. Welcome Raekwon!

IBleedSandG's picture

I think I saw that commercial 100 times yesterday. I thought it was funny the first couple of times I saw, but now I hate it.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Michael Citro's picture

Cray cray.

jedkat's picture

you're Totes Adorbs

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

IBleedSandG's picture


We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

OH_IO's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family, Raekwon!

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Can't wait to see him in S&G!  Awesome get!

Embrace it.

Grande Gustavo's picture

Hopefully we have room for RZA, GZA, Ghostface Killa, and the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan in this recruiting class.
This kid rocks and I'm glad he is a Buckeye.  Now I'm going to spend the rest of my day looking at butthurt recruitment pages for Bama and Clemson.  GO BUCKS!

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check.