Head coach Urban Meyer and his staff reeled in the biggest fish yet for the 2014 recruiting class as Raekwon McMillan announced his decision on live television at his high school earlier today.
McMillan, a 6-foot-2, 242-pound inside linebacker from Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Ga., is a five-star recruit and is ranked as the No. 1 ILB prospect in the country by 247Sports.com.
At the announcement, McMillan had five different caps on the table. At first he picked up an Alabama cap, but put it back to grab an Ohio State one and said, “I think I’m gonna roll with Ohio State,” as his family and friends cheered.
Along with the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide, McMillan also had offers from Clemson, Auburn, and Georgia among others. McMillan will play in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla..
McMillan, who was named the 2013 High School Butkus Award winner last week as the country’s top linebacker, finished his senior season with 159 total tackles, 107 of those solo, along with three forced fumbles and an interception. Offensively, McMillan gained 628 yards on 73 carries using his 4.6 speed. More importantly, McMillan has a 3.3 grade point average.
With McMillan on board, the 2014 recruiting class consists of 18 with ATH Curtis Samuel from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.; ATH Malik Hooker from New Castle Senior High School in New Castle, Penn.; OG Demetrius Knox from All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Tex.; OT Jamarco Jones from De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Ill.; WR Terry McLaurin from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind.; QB Stephen Collier from Lee County High School in Leesburg, Ga.; DE Jalyn Holmes from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va.; K/P Sean Nuernberger from Oldham County High School in Buckner, Ky.; OLB Dante Booker from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio; ATH Lonnie Johnson (6-3, 190) from West Side High School in Gary, Ind.; OLB Kyle Berger (6-3, 215) from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio; S/LB Sam Hubbard (6-6, 220) from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; DE Dylan Thompson (6-5, 270) from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill.; OT Kyle Trout (6-6, 285) from Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio; RB/WR Parris Campbell (6-0, 179) from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio; CB Damon Webb (5-10, 180) Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich.; and OG Marcelys Jones (6-5, 325) from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.