For the latest Recruit Talk, I got a chance to speak with the 2014 5-star, 6-3 235-pound LB Raekwon McMillan out of Liberty County High School (Hinesville, GA). According to 247Sports, Raekwon has a 98 overall rating, is ranked the 15th overall best player in the country, the 2nd inside linebacker in the country, and the best overall player in his home state of Georgia. MaxPreps has Raekwon at 79 total tackles (15.8 tackles/game), 7.0 total sacks (1.2 sacks/game), 5 total caused fumbles, 150 total rushing yards (5.77 yards/carry), 6 total touchdowns (9.2 points/game), and 5 total pancake blocks through 5 games in his junior season.
Aside from all the on-the-field accolades, Raekwon proved to be a very impressive young man in our interview and has an extremely bright future ahead of him. Get to know this juggernaut 2014 recruit here:
How’s your junior season at Liberty County going so far?
We’re 4-1 and we’re doing good. I’m just getting ready to play this Friday against Glenn Hills. I have 79 tackles and 7 sacks so far.
MaxPreps reports that you are also running the ball a decent amount for your team and have scored at least one touchdown in your past 4 games. What’s your favorite part about playing offense? Are you thinking about playing running back in college?
When I’m playing offense, if there’s anyone in front of me, I just run right through them. My favorite part is just running through any defenders in my way. I think I’m just going to play linebacker in college [laughter].
You’re projected to play inside linebacker or weak-side defensive end in college. What part of your game do you need to work on the most? What is your biggest strength?
I’m always looking to improve. When I’m playing linebacker, I’d like to improve my pass coverage. When I’m playing defensive end, I’d like to play the run better. I feel like I’m pretty set against the run game, but like I said, you can always improve. My strength has got to be G&TA, getting after it [laughter]. I go as hard as possible every snap, but not a second after the whistle is blown, of course.
There are a lot of schools currently recruiting me. I’d say the top five are Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, and USC. Ohio State’s and Georgia’s staffs are the staffs I have the best relationship with. Ohio State and Georgia are tied at the top for me.
What do you like about Ohio State?
I love the tradition there. They have a great history and have put a ton of linebackers in the NFL. I’d love to play for Coach Meyer some day. I love Coach Meyer.
Recruiting services list Coach Withers as the coach recruiting you. Is that true, how often do you speak, and who else do you speak with?
I speak with Coach Withers and Coach Pantoni probably the most. I speak with Coach Pantoni on Facebook every day, and Coach Withers about every three days. The other coaches I speak with are Coach Meyer, Coach Fickell, and Coach Vrabel. I speak with Coaches Vrabel and Fickell every now and then, but Coach Meyer about every three days.
What position are they recruiting you for, and what do you guys talk about?
They are recruiting me as a typical middle linebacker. We talk about Ohio State’s last few games. They tell me how they’re hurting at linebacker and want to bring the linebacker play at Ohio State back to Ohio standards.
I read online that you said your visit to Georgia last week was your “best college visit ever” and you almost felt like a “celebrity on campus.” What was so great about that visit in particular? Does the fact that you may not be as immediately recognized by fans at Ohio State as compared to Georgia, your home state, make Ohio State less appealing?
On my Georgia visit, I spent a lot of time with Coach Richt and the other Georgia commits. It was my first time visiting for a game, and I loved the atmosphere. As far as being less recognized at Ohio State, that doesn’t matter to me at all. Anywhere I go, I’ll be a freshman on campus, so it doesn’t matter.
How do you deal with the pressure of the recruiting process and being such a highly touted recruit?
That’s a good question. I just like to relax and laugh at stuff [laughter]. I just try not to get too stressed at all.
What other top recruits in the 2014 class do you speak with the most? Do you try to recruit anyone to go play with you in college?
The 2014 recruit I speak with the most is Nick Glass. I get a lot of phone calls from recruits, and they want me to play with them in college. I really don’t recruit anyone else to any schools.
Are any current Buckeye recruits speaking to you about Ohio State?
I get calls from Drew Barker and Thaddeus Snodgrass about playing together and Ohio State.
Have you gotten a chance to watch the Buckeyes yet this year? Which players do you like watching the best?
I’ve watched all of Ohio State’s games this year. Like I said earlier, I think the linebacker position isn’t up to Ohio State standards. As I’m watching, I think about how I could be used in difference schemes and plays. Man, I definitely like watching Braxton the best [laughter].
Who’s the best high school player you’ve played against or with?
I’d have to say my old teammate Shadrach Thornton. He’s a running back at NC State.
What Ohio State games do you plan on attending this year? Will you be at the Georgia - South Carolina game on Saturday?
I’ll be at the Michigan game in Columbus on November 24th. Yeah, I’ll be at the Georgia - South Carolina game on Saturday.
Role Models: My position coach Tony Glazer
Georgia’s Best Thing to Eat: Southern grill. Just get a piece of meat and put it on the grill, that’s great Georgia food.
Best Subject in School: History
Hobbies: When I’m not playing football, either basketball or working out.
Movies: Book of Eli
TV Shows: E60 on ESPN
Favorite Sports Teams: I don’t really like professional sports. If I had to pick one, it’d be the 49ers though.
Thanks to Raekwon for a great interview and taking the time to give Buckeye nation a chance to get to know you. Good luck on the rest of your season!