24/7: OSU 2014 Recruiting Class is No. 1 in Linebackers

By DJ Byrnes on January 17, 2014 at 11:15a
Raekwon McMillan, the #1 ILB in the country and Ohio State Buckeye.

Ohio State's defense was a disaster for much of 2013 and one game in 2014. The Silver Bullets didn't get much production from linebackers not named "Ryan Damn Shazier," this past year, but fret not, because help is on the way.

24/7 is breaking down recruiting class ranks by position as we hurdle towards February's National Signing Day. Today is linebackers, and Buckeye fans will rejoice at their No. 1 ranking:

Early Enrollees: Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty Co.)
Commitments: Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius)

The Buckeyes have once again reeled in a stellar group of linebackers, headlined by five-star Raekwon McMillan. The No. 2 inside linebacker in the country, McMillan is a physically college-ready run stopper who excels inside the tackle box. Top247 prospect Dante Booker has a nose for the football, a great frame, and the versatility to play all three linebacker positions depending on his physical development. Top247 prospect Kyle Berger was sidelined his senior season with a torn ACL, but on film he plays with incredible intensity, consistently wraps up on contact, and shows the range and proper angle pursuit to be a sideline-to-sideline player, but needs more experience in coverage as he often plays right on the line of scrimmage. Sam Hubbard is another Top247 prospect that has impressed with his size/athleticism combo, and he could end up playing outside linebacker as well.

*Scene cuts to Urban Meyer relaxing in the throne room of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center while sipping a chalice of scotch-on-the-rocks.*


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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Speak softly and carry a big stick?

Oakland Buckeye's picture

I dont get it - not ok to be excited about #1 LB class? Esp after the weakest part of the team has been LBs? This was NOT a firstie post folks!
Thought Sheldon was a fan favorite too. oh well!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I had no idea what you wrote. Your comment was blank when I "read" it. I thought that you'd hit "save" without actually typing anything, but now it sounds like your comment was deleted by moderator or something.
My (bad) joke ("speak softly") was based on thinking that you'd written a blank comment - i.e., silence. The idea is that we don't need LBs who run their mouths; they need to do their "talking" on the field - silent assassins, aka, "speak softly and carry a big stick."
As usual, I over-analyzed a "comment." I did not DV you, though.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

cool - got an uv for you

bigbadbuck's picture

Mods got your tongue Oakland?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Nope - it was a gif - try it again here at the risk of more dvs!


mh277907's picture

11W Staff - because of our recent success in recruiting the LB position over the last two recruiting classes, do you see our chances with Hilliard being diminished? Obviously, it is not necessarily a bad problem to have but I wouldn't mind landing a big time recruit from Cincy...


Woodshed's picture

Baker as well. He was quoted at one point that he noticed all of the LB's coming in.

shortbus20's picture

And this doesn't include  Sam Hubbard who is a 5 star on Scout.com.  Great talent coming.
edit: sorry I missed Hubbard's name on the story.

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Killer nuts's picture

Cautious Optimism. It's always tough to tell who is going to pan out but we're at least filling the cupboard with potential playmakers

d5k's picture

We'd have to have attrition AND guys not develop to not have much improved LB play at the very least in 2015.  Those 2009 and 2010 classes weren't nearly as deep as these at LB and we were still incredibly unlucky with all that happened.  With these classes we could get unlucky and still have pretty good production and depth.  

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yes. I see some folks reflecting on the 2009 and 2010 classes and then concluding, "See, you never can tell about recruits . . . class rankings and stars are overrated!" But that's not the right way to look at it. A five-star kids is certainly no lock, but the odds that he'll turn into a high-level player are better than if he were a four-star; a four-star kid is more likely to be a stud than a three-star, and so forth.
Likewise, we shouldn't look back at the (im)perfect storm of 2009 - 2010 classes as being anything close to typical - those classes defied the odds.
I like the Buckeyes chances to have a pretty damn good stable of LBs for the next few years.

BoFuquel's picture

The future and I do mean future, looks bright. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Ethan's picture

pshhhh. Urban only drinks his scotch neat

MN Buckeye's picture

Correct. I had a scotch with Urban a couple days ago in the 11W Premium Lounge.

bedheadjc's picture

Lies. That chalice was filled with only the finest: Genesee.

Jeeves's picture

Fine scotch is best enjoyed with a splash of spring water. It awakens the flavors.

PittBuckeye's picture

Now for the #1 corners and safeties class.

RBuck's picture

The future is so bright I gotta wear shades.

Long live the southend.

UrbanAssaultVehicle's picture

Only slightly related...where are we on Raekwon McMillan nicknames?  I'm wondering if going "the Chef" route is just too obvious?  I feel like the possibilities are endless. 
Also watch out for Sam Hubbard.  Seen the guy play down in Cincy and he moves like someone half his size.  A little skinny for LB at the moment but beef him up and he will be a beast.

RedStorm45's picture

Obviously Baekwon / Caekwon

Dougger's picture

I can't stop laughing at this. Imagine 5 guys watching the Bucks in a room and just yelling "CAEKWON!!!!!!" after a big play, all high-fiving each other. too funny.

I like football

Buckman's picture

A little skinny for LB at the moment but beef him up and he will be a beast.

That's because there aren't many 6'6 high school safeties running around. But, he will be a beast.
Go Big Moe!

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


SHAKENBAKE68's picture

Hubbard closes fast and is a sure tackler. Watch his highlights defending a screen pass. We could have used him a the Orange Bowl!! He will be good at whatever position he plays.
Go Bucks!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

DannyBeane's picture

As far as Hubbard is concerned, Ryan Damn Shazier was a little small for lb as well. Wonder how he worked out... I have faith Coach Mick will turn him into the Juggernaut.

Deadly Nuts's picture

"The Raeking Ball" 


fanfarris's picture

I hope that Fickell will just focus on the Good Linebackers and help them develop into Great ones, like he did with so many backers before.


bassplayer7770's picture

Always good to see recruiting success.  For me, the depth is becoming less of an excuse, so let's see how these kids are coached up.

otrain2416's picture

Ratings mean nothing come in work hard and prove why you're number 1 boys

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

alust2013's picture

Gotta love it when we have good LBs. Perhaps between these guys and the top two LBs from last year's class, we will have another trio like we did 8 years ago. That was fun to watch, and if the D-line plays to their potential, no one will be able to run on them.

...and Michigan still sucks.

GV9's picture

Even players with loads of talent will look mediocre if they are plugged into static, reactionary defensive schemes.  

PAWEST1202's picture

I take this post with cautious optimism. Two Words...Curtis Grant

CPDenn's picture

Ginn, TP and Braxton were also 5 stars. It goes both ways. Sometimes you strike gold and sometimes you miss. That's recruiting. But we have a head coach with a record of developing talent at a high level. It's a damn good thing we're stockpiling this ridiculous amount of talent.

factor11's picture

Not a single person is going to talk about the awesome reference to the Rapping Bum!
Haven't heard about him in awhile, may Don RIP.
Ohio State is here to stay, Help is on the way!