We're just over 24 hours from one of the biggest Ohio State recruiting weekends of 2013, but before we get there, it's important to check in one very notable visit that wrapped up yesterday afternoon. All everything linebacker Raekwon McMillan's been in town, and judging by how he's been documenting the trip to Columbus, it sounds like he's gotten the scarlet carpet rolled out for him.
It's not hard to understand why; the 5-star Hinesville, GA native, who attends Liberty County High School, checks in at 6-3 weighing in at 236. While he projects to inside linebacker, McMillan's other worldly athleticism could give him the flexibility to be an impact player in a variety of ways coaches could elect to leverage his uncommon natural abilities. He presently holds offers from just about every heavy weight in the sport: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, USC, the Bucks. It's Raekwon "The Chef" McMillan's world and we're just living in it.
It's long been thought though that McMillan's ultimate recruiting may come down to either Alabama or Ohio State. While Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has made no secret that he's having his guys work harder to "beat Alabama" in the weight room, in the classroom, and on the practice field, he and his staff are going to have to do so increasingly literally on the recruiting trails as they continue to try and assemble the kind of world class depth necessary to lay claim to being a perennial power in the modern world of college football.
Besides the picture above, it seems like McMillan's been networking with quite the distinguished group of OSU alums:
I met Gene Smith , Troy Smith , Bobby Carpenter , and Archie Griffin !!!— Raekwon McMillan™ (@Kwon_daTRUTH) April 3, 2013
McMillan, who plans to enroll early next January wherever he winds up, managed to escape C-bus without committing, but that comes as no real surprise. It's highly likely that he'll ultimately announce his decision during the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game, which he's already committed to participating in.
From visitors that just left town to ones heading in shortly, Sam Hubbard, whom we just caught up with last month, is looking more and more in play for the Buckeyes. While he had glowing things to say about his last unofficial visit, he officially decommitted Wednesday from Notre Dame lacrosse, increasing the odds he winds up accepting a full ride for football (plus helping the chances he ends up a Buckeye). The 4-star athlete from the Cincinnati area should have his choice of college football heavyweights, with offers from the Michigan Wolverines and Stanford Cardinal also already in hand.
Ohio State's immediate needs at the punter position are no secret, but that doesn't mean the Buckeyes' world class staff can't make plans for the future as well. They recently played host to '14 K/P Aaron Medley from Lewisburg, TN and it seems the Buckeyes are early front runners along with his homestate Volunteers. We caught up with Medley to gave us the lowdown on this past week's trip up to Columbus:
The visit went great. I stayed up there from Tuesday to Thursday. On Wednesday, I took a campus tour and liked it. Thursday, I went to practice and took a small tour of the facilities and liked those as well. Practice was good as far as how Urban managed it. I spoke to Coach Coombs afterwards as well and we talked about what I should expect when I came to camp this June. As far as an offer, he said they are going to offer a kicker at the camp.
Medley would add that the other schools showing interest in him are Tennessee, Oklahoma, LSU, Miami, and Duke, but that the Buckeyes and UT were the only two he'd had a chance to check out in person.
Check out Aaron from his trip to old Columbus town:
Yesterday we also received official confirmation that 5-star 247Composite rated wide receiver Drake Harris will be in Columbus next weekend. The Grand Rapids, MI product announced on Twitter Wednesday that he'll be checking out Ohio State in person. This is a huge win for the Buckeyes, who absolutely needed to get Harris in as soon as possible to counteract the efforts of Brady Hoke and Michigan:
Visiting Ohio state Next Friday then going to Michigan spring game Saturday!— Drake Harris™ (@drizzygetbusy01) April 3, 2013
And finally, a busy weekend amongst 2014 targets doesn't mean OSU's staff can't manage to squeeze in a few 2015-ers as well. Cass Tech running back (and high school teammate of Damon Webb) Mike Weber's heading down for the weekend, and he seems confident he'll leave with a coveted invitation to play football for the Buckeyes:
I will visiting Ohio state this weekend I think an offer is coming.— Mike Weber (@mikeweber25) April 3, 2013