Liberty County sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan was named to the 2011 U. S. Air Force Sophomore All-American Team, according to an article posted on maxpreps.com on Thursday.
The article described McMillan (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) as a bruising defender who will likely be one of Georgia’s top recruits for the class of 2014.
McMillan led the Panthers this season with 71 solo tackles and 26 assists. He had one sack for a loss of seven yards, one interception and deflected one pass.
McMillan also played offense and had 18 carries for 64 yards. His performance in the Oct. 7 game against Brunswick earned him the Coastal Courier Player of the week. McMillan was named to the Region 2A-AAA All-Region first team and was chosen by the Savannah Morning News to the 2011 All-Greater Savannah Football defensive team.
Panthers defensive coordinator Tony Glazer said McMillan is a natural leader for the team and inspires other teammates to follow his example.
“And I expect him to take an even bigger leadership role this off-season,” Glazer said. “The day is coming soon when Raekwon is going to flip the switch and take his football to another level by strength training and watching film year round, and he is going to realize just how great and dominant a football player that he can become. My expectations for next season are that Raekwon will lead a dominating Panther defense on Friday nights and he will be considered one of the best defensive players in the state as a junior and be considered a national recruit.”
McMillan started to shine as a freshman, accumulating 33 solo tackles and 16 assists as a backup linebacker behind seniors Charles Hall, Tucory Rhodes, Demetrick Mothershed, DeAnte Lumpkin, Shakur Cook and Tommy Williams.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer said he expects McMillan to take on a bigger role.
“We are looking for him to get in great football shape where he can play every snap on defense as well as running back at a high level,” he said.