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McMillan opts out of senior year, going into NFL Draft
Former Liberty County Panther football player Raekwon McMillan announced his decision to go into the 2017 NFL Draft, instead of playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes again next season, on Facebook. He is expected to be chosen in the first or second round of the draft. - photo by Courtesy McMillans Facebook page

The Ohio State Buckeyes will need to pick a new defensive captain and middle linebacker after Raekwon McMillan formally declared for the 2017 NFL Draft this week.

The junior football standout and former Liberty County High School player made his decision public via twitter and Facebook Wednesday, thanking the Ohio State fan base, coaching staff, family and God.

“First off I would like to thank God as he has been my foundation and never left my side through everything at OSU, my family for sacrificing and making sure that I stayed the course every step of the way, the entire Ohio State coaching and support staff for allowing me to become captain and leader of this program,” McMillan said. “Everyone around me molded me to become who I am today, that is why it was a difficult decision but I have chosen to forgo my senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.”

For the second year in a row, McMillan led the Buckeyes in tackles with 102, just 17 tackles shy of last year’s stats.
McMillan is an anticipated first or second round draft pick.

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