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POSTED: January 2, 2014 10:58 a.m.
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Former Liberty County High School Panthers linebacker has been impressing coaches and scouts as he prepares for Thursday afternoon's Under Armour All-American Game.

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Georgia's loss to Nebraska and Michigan State winning the Rose Bowl could mean that the Big 10 is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Former Liberty County linebacker and Ohio State University recruit Raekwon McMillan may be in the middle of that rebirth.

McMillan is showing why he was the most recruited linebacker in Georgia and number 15 on the ESPN 150.

Coaches and scouts have been impressed with McMillan's athleticism on display during the practices at Walt Disney Wide World of Sports leading up to Thursday's Under Armor All American 2014 game.

Jeremy Crabtree from ESPN called McMillan's decision to attend Ohio State the biggest prize of the class 2014. Crabtree said McMillan was very consistent and drew raves from coaches in 7-on-7 drills.

Several scouts have noted that McMillan has an amazing "nose for the football" evident by the way he hit the inside gaps, plugging holes and forcing runners into the perimeter where they are corralled. McMillan also avoided blocks and hit the ball carrier himself.

McMillan will play for Team Nitro, Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Team Nitro is coached by former NFL coach and current ESPN personality Herm Edwards. The defense that McMillan will anchor at linebacker certainly has an opportunity to be stars on the field. McMillan joins fellow five-star recruits Jabrill Peppers, Da'Shawn Hand, a defensive end from Virginia, (ESPN carried his announcement to go to Alabama live) and a fellow Georgian from AAAAAA state champion Norcross defensive back Lorenzo Carter. Carter and McMillan shared coverage in the Georgia High School Football Magazine last fall.

Team Nitro's defense will have to stop a backfield that includes McMillan's Buckeye teammate Jamarco Jones and the most recruited running back in the country, Leonard Fournette. Fournette is among players who will announce colleges choice during the Under Armor game.

 

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