News reports are saying that former Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan, 30 days away from participating in his first collegiate football game with Ohio State University, could see action right away this season.
On Ohio State’s news and commentary website, the Buckeyes Battle Cry, a commentary blog mentions the influx of fresh new talent brought in by head coach Urban Meyer this year.
The 2014 season marks the third full recruiting class for Meyer, and the report says this could be the year when all the pieces of the puzzle come together. For the linebackers, the loss of Shane Frazier to the NFL was big, and former five-star recruit Curtis Grant has yet to show his full potential due to injuries.
McMillan, a freshman, will compete against Grant for a full-time starting job, but the report says there is a possibility McMillan could start at inside linebacker Aug. 30 against Navy in the season opener in Columbus, Ohio.
Bleacher Report Ohio State lead writer Ben Axelrod said overtaking Grant’s starting spot is a tall task for McMillan, but Meyer has expressed how impressed he’s been with McMillan and has high hopes for his collegiate career.
Madduxsports.com writer Ken Langston said McMillan has star potential.
On Monday, during the Big 10 media days, Meyer discussed the state of the Buckeyes with reporters. He called the linebackers one of the team’s stronger groups, thanks in part to McMillan and incoming freshmen Kyle Berger and Dante Booker.