Raekwon McMillan to Ohio State: Buckeyes Land 5-Star ILB Prospect

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 16, 2013


Ohio State scored a major commitment on Monday afternoon, as 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan gave his verbal to Urban Meyer and his staff.    

Andrew Bone of Rivals.com had the news:

The Hinesville, Ga., native is the 16th-best prospect overall, the No. 1 inside linebacker and the No. 2 player out of the state of Georgia in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. While he unsurprisingly had offers from every area on the map, his decision eventually came down to Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, per 247Sports.

Although it's always difficult to project how players' games will translate to the next level, McMillan's ability to make an impact on the run game figures to get him on the field right away.

At 6'2" and 242 pounds, he has a scary blend of size and athleticism that allows him to shed blocks, make impact tackles and provide terrific inside run support, as well as run down ball-carriers sideline to sideline.

247Sports rates him a nine out of 10 in the "tackling" category, while Matt Scalici of AL.com describes him as "the rare distinction of being a high school linebacker with the physical prowess to play immediately in college."

He still has plenty of work to do, but there's a healthy chance McMillan carves out some starts as a true freshman.

He may struggle right away to make an impact on passing downs, as his coverage skills still need improvement, but that's a minor nitpick in an otherwise tremendous player.

Buckeyes fans will get an opportunity to check out their future defensive star at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, and chances are they will like what they see.

McMillan is a terrific get for Meyer and his staff.