Monday, March 11, 2013
Ohio State 2014 spotlight: ILB McMillan
By Brad Bournival
Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. First on the list of inside linebackers is Raekwon McMillan, who is no stranger to the Buckeyes as he’s been on several unofficial visits.
Vitals: McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) is 6-foot-2 and 234 pounds.
Status: He is uncommitted and was offered by the Buckeyes on April 2, 2012.
Raekwon McMillan is one of the top linebackers nationally in the 2014 class.
ESPN.com ranking: He’s an ESPN Watch List inside linebacker who will be very high on the list when the first ESPN 150 rankings are released. He has routinely put Ohio State on or near the top of his list and is planning a visit April 1-3. The fact a recruit is making the trip up from Georgia for three days on his dime is a good sign for the Buckeyes.
Numbers game: McMillan recorded 152 tackles -- 22 for loss -- seven sacks, five forced fumbles and added an interception and defensive score as a junior. In 2011, he registered 97 total tackles -- 20 for loss -- five forced fumbles, a sack and interception.
State of the position: The linebacker position remains young this season, but if McMillan signs with Ohio State, the spot should be full of seasoned veterans by the time he arrives. The Buckeyes picked up huge linebackers last recruiting season when it signed ESPN 150 LBs Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) as well as big-hitter Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville).
What has caught Ohio State’s eye: In a few words, size, skill and speed. McMillan is a high-motor linebacker with incredible bulk and the uncanny knack to close fast. His read-and-react ability makes him a natural against the run and the pass. With Johnson and Mitchell already in the fold, the Buckeyes might be looking for McMillan to come in and make an almost immediate impact. His range and pursuit angles, as well as his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield, make him a natural fit in Ohio State's scheme.
What he has said about the Buckeyes: “I like the Buckeyes because I feel the coaching staff is really coming together. Urban Meyer is getting ready to make a championship run these next few years. When I went up there, they made me feel like I was at home. The intensity in which the players played and the coaches coached was just all-around great. It was everything. It was exactly what I thought it would be.”