Student athletes at Liberty County High School likely have had to rub their eyes twice lately to make sure they were seeing things correctly.
After all, it’s not every day one sees the likes of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, Georgia coach Mark Richt or South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier strolling through the halls of a high school.
But when you have, in Raekwon McMillan, the No. 2 national prospect and No. 1 prospect in Georgia for the class of 2014 according to recruiting expert Tom Lemming, extraordinary things are bound to happen.
Meyer visited LCHS on Wednesday, and Spurrier and Richt visited on Tuesday. But they weren’t the only ones from major programs to come to Hinesville.
“(Clemson) coach Dabo Swinney was here last week,” LCHS Panther offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer said.
Glazer said representatives from Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Stanford also visited McMillan this past week. Panther head football coach Kirk Warner added that Florida coach Will Muschamp also recently visited and expects several other coaches and recruiters to see McMillan.
“The process is just getting started, as coaches from almost every major program in the country will stop by at some point,” he said. “I am proud of Raekwon for his accomplishments and his hard work in and out of the classroom. He has definitely been a blessing to our school and community.”
After his sophomore season, when he posted 84 tackles and 16 tackles for loss, he was selected to 247sports’ 2014 All-American team. He was the only player from Georgia selected. He also received first-team All-America honors for MaxPreps’ 2011 U.S. Air Force sophomore All-American team.
This season, McMillan had 128 solo tackles, 23 assists, seven sacks for 48 yards lost, 10 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery. He is ranked 189th in the nation in tackles, sixth in Georgia. On offense, he had 49 carries for 316 yards and nine touchdowns and also made five “pancake” blocks.
McMillan was selected as the Class AAAA defensive player of the year by the Georgia Sportswriters Association, the 3-AAAA South All-Region defensive player of the year and Liberty County High School’s Coastal Courier player of the year. He also was named to the second-team defense of the 2012 American Family Insurance All-USA High School Football Team, according to USA Today.
McMillan represented the East Team in the 2012 RisingSeniors.com Bowl, held in late December in Atlanta. The game featured 95 of the state’s top high-school juniors, according to the bowl’s website.