The much-maligned Ohio State Buckeyes defense landed a huge shot in the arm on Monday afternoon by landing five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan. McMillan, a 6-foot-2, 242-pound linebacker from Hinesville, Georgia, announced his commitment in a live ceremony at his school on Monday morning, providing Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer with yet another player from SEC country.
After teasing the crowd by grabbing the Alabama hat which was placed on his table, McMillan ultimately donned a red Ohio State cap to announce his decision. The linebacker stated that early playing time was an important factor in his decision. Meyer had previously been reluctant to start true freshmen on the defensive side of the ball, but defensive end Joey Bosa (a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) broke that mold this past season after replacing an injured Adolphus Washington.
“There was just something special about Ohio State,” the five-star recruit said.
McMillan had whittled his choices down to five finalists: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State. He is rated as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals and is also the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Georgia and the No. 19 player overall in the Class of 2014.