April 4, 2012
2014 LB talks Ohio State offer
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The class of 2014 is still in the very early stages but already numerous prospects are emerging on the national scene. At the linebacker position, one prospect that has impressed early on is Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect made an unofficial visit to Ohio State this past weekend and left Columbus with a verbal offer from the Buckeyes.
"Ohio State definitely seems like a place that I would want to go but I'm keeping my options open," said McMillan of his reaction to the offer. "Urban Meyer and coach (Mark) Pantoni and coach (Mike) Vrabel and coach (Luke) Fickell all were great people and I like them a lot, coach (Everett) Withers too. They all seemed like real great people."
The Ohio State offer gives McMillan five verbal offers already and the physical inside linebacker is excited about his early opportunities.
"South Carolina, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Alabama State are the other ones," he said. "It's very exciting to share with all of my people that football is working out for me and that it could take me far in my life."
While on his visit to Ohio State, McMillan got a full tour of all aspects of the campus.
"They took me through the whole campus, both the educational part and the football part," he explained. "I saw all of the sports complexes. They showed me the player's locker room and even the player's dorm room, I saw the whole area. They showed me everything basically."
Having been to some other big-time programs already, McMillan was able to compare Ohio State's facilities to some of the best that he's seen so far.
"I think they were some of the most up-to-date facilities I've seen so far," he said. "Georgia had some big facilities too but Ohio State was just up there."
McMillan also took in a practice during his visit and is hoping to take some of the things he learned back to Georgia with him.
"I saw the whole practice, it was very intense," he said. "I watched coach Fickell and coach Vrabel coach the defense. I looked at the techniques the linebackers used and I'm going to try and add that to my game so I can take it to a whole different level in high school. If I do go there, I'll already know how their system is."
For the moment, McMillan says he doesn't have any more visits set in stone but there are three programs he hopes to check out over the summer.
"I plan on getting to Ole Miss one day over the summer and probably Alabama too," he explained. "I want to get back to Ohio State too. I plan on trying to get up there to one of the camps."
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