Meet Raekwon McMillan, the country's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect. A lifelong resident of Hinesville, Ga., a town about four hours southeast of Atlanta, McMillan burst onto the recruiting scene last spring and now is among the most coveted prospects in the entire country.
Raekwon McMillan calls Ohio State his leader.
At last check, he had 41 offers
Right now, Ohio State leads, but McMillan has said he probably won't announce until the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. In other words, there is a long way to go before his recruitment is over. He also mentions schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Florida prominently.
McMillan has agreed to produce a twice-a-month diary for 247Sports in which he will talk about his recruitment -- and his personal life. In this first installment, McMillan discusses life in Liberty County, Ga., and looks back at his beginnings in football.
I first started playing football when I was 8 years old.
Back then, I was a chubby kid. I played on the offensive and defensive lines at first. That's because I was over the weight limit. I think when I was 10, the limit was like 120 pounds. I was already about 126 or something like that.
After I played as a lineman, I trimmed down and ended up at running back. That was back in middle school. I also played middle linebacker, but I used to love running back.
In high school, though, I got the memo that I was gonna have to change.
McMillan working on his speed Monday after school.
We had Shadrach Thornton (now at N.C. State) running that ball. I knew I wouldn't play running back there, and if I wanted to I'd have to go to our crosstown rival. He was playing and getting D-I looks. So that's when I ended up just being a linebacker.
I'm pretty glad I made the switch.
I guess I started realizing I could be pretty good when my position coach sat me down and told me if I work hard and put my mind to it, I could be as good as I wanted to be. He told me that my freshman year. I started getting into the rotation the third game that season.
Alabama State was the first school to offer. A coach from LSU had my stuff and then he went there.
I guess the first big school to offer was South Carolina. I was on my way to a basketball game my 10th-grade year. My coach came up to me and told me the coach from South Carolina wanted to talk to me. I was pretty surprised. I didn't think it was going to come that early.
Now, I have 41 offers.
Every now and then I get a new one. Sometimes, I get them from schools -- I'm not going to name them -- from far out west. And I know there is no chance I'm going there. But you're like, "Thanks."
All my family and friends want me to go to Georgia. My principal is a Georgia fan. My grand-dad and my uncles are Georgia fans. They all get happy when I go there for visits.
Ohio State is out in front, though.
I'll name my top schools soon. But if you've been following my last few visits, you probably know who some of my top schools are.
It's going to be hard to say 'No" to someone at the end. Throughout the process, I've built relationships. You know they all want the best for you and you probably would have done great there had you gone to their school. But it's all about feel.
I was born in Hinesville. I was born downtown in a small hospital. It's a real small city. I live with my mom and stepdad and they're both from Hinesville. My mom also went to Liberty [High]. Almost all of my family is around here. We have some in Texas and there used to be some in Arizona. But they're all mainly in Georgia.
My Mom is the closest person to me. We're real close. I mean, when I've been down in my life, my mom always stuck with me through thick and thin.
I'm used to traveling all over the place now, but it was really amazing first being in big cities and seeing the tall buildings. We see trees and stuff here.
For fun, we've got a lot of water around here. We go to the beach and stuff like that. We have a lot of rivers. The best part about being here is that we're a real close-knit community. We get to do a lot of things people in the city don't get to do, like ride four-wheelers and going out on boats. We spend a lot of time by the water.
Anyway, that's it for now. I will talk to you again in a few weeks.
CLASS -- 2014
SCHOOL -- Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
HEIGHT -- 6-1 WEIGHT -- 250
POSITION -- Inside linebackerr
247 --- No. 13 overall, No. 1 ILB
247COMPOSITE -- No. 18 overall, No. 1 ILB