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.
This week, McMillan showed fans why he was the most-recruited linebacker in Georgia and No. 15 on the ESPN 150.
Coaches and scouts were impressed with McMillan’s athleticism during the practices at Walt Disney Wide World of Sports leading up to Thursday’s Under Armour 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 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 was to play for Team Nitro on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Team Nitro’s coach was former NFL coach and current ESPN personality Herm Edwards. The defense that McMillan anchored at linebacker had the potential to star on the field. McMillan joined 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 was up against a backfield that included McMillan’s Buckeye teammate Jamarco Jones and the most-recruited running back in the country, Leonard Fournette. Fournette was among players who were announcing college choice during the Under Armour game.