Liberty County potential five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan summed up his recent visit to Ohio State University’s Friday Night Lights in one word: “Awesome.”
According to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com, Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer spent a lot of time with McMillan during his time there, and the incoming junior said watching the event and interacting with prospects and future players was a unique experience.
“Coach Urban Meyer really spent a lot of time with me just talking about life in general. He’s a great guy,” McMillan said.
Ohio State is among McMillan’s top three choices of Bowl Championship Series schools that have made him a scholarship offer this summer. A few weeks ago, McMillan posted on Twitter his top three choices were OSU, Clemson and Georgia in no order. Nearly 20 BCS schools have expressed an interest in McMillan.
McMillan made the trip to Friday Night Lights — his second visit to Ohio State — with LCHS assistant coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer.
Glazer said McMillan wasn’t scheduled to participate in FNL but was given the opportunity to mingle with some of the top prospects in the nation and interact with the Buckeyes coaching staff and 20 former Ohio State players.
“FNL was an awesome experience,” Glazer said. “Despite some rain, the atmosphere was electric.”
Glazer said he advised McMillan, who also visited Clemson and UGA during the summer, to visit more places as opportunities arise.
“I have told Raekwon from day one that he needs to see as much as he can from any place he thinks he might be interested in,” Glazer said. “He needs to keep his options open and do what’s best for him, because it will be his home for the next 3-5 years.”
But high-school football and improving the Panthers’ 2-8 record of last year is McMillan’s task right now.
“Now that school has started, I’m gonna put all that recruiting stuff to rest and focus on leading my team, these guys are like my second family,” McMillan said.
“Right now his focus is on his team and his teammates,” Glazer said. “His leadership skills have improved so much from his sophomore season. He has worked hard during the offseason on getting stronger and faster, and it is showing.”
McMillan will be the Panthers’ defensive captain this year. Speed coach Nathan Mims said McMillan has shaved time off his 40-yard-dash and is helping newcomers learn the system and improve their overall technique.
“His teammates don’t look at him any different because of the attention he has received,” Glazer said, adding that he really doesn’t seek out attention or hype.
“He just does what he is supposed to on and off the field, and people have noticed his hard work and talent,” Glazer said.
McMillan said will announce his school of choice at the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game.