13 May 2012
A message of 140 characters or less - from a 16 year old kid - must be taken with a grain of salt. The faster we all figure that out, the better experience everyone will have on Twitter. With that being said, Hinesville, GA inside linebacker prospect Raekwon McMillan made his intentions known on Sunday afternoon through one simple-but-bold message, and it only took him 111 characters. From his @Kwon_daTRUTH account: "I'm gonna go ahead and say ,, if Da'shawn Hand commits to Ohio State ,, im going too , #BuckeyeNation #gobucks"
Hey Urban - it's working.
Let's back up a little bit. Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, VA) is an elite 2014 defensive end that schools from every major conference have their eyes on. He's yet to play the first snap of his junior year of high school and already has nineteen scholarship offers, including those from Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina of the SEC and Michigan, Penn State and - The Ohio State University - of the B1G. Simply put - everyone wants him, including Mr. McMillan.
A linebacker's best friend is a talent-laden defensive line, and Urban Meyer is building just that. Ohio State's 2012 class, Meyer's first in Columbus, included a couple of 5-Star defensive ends (Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington), a 4-Star defensive end (Se'von Pittman) and a 4-Star defensive tackle (Tommy Schutt). He's continued that focus with the start of his 2013 class, already landing 4-Star defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Billy Price as well as the ultra-athletic Tracy Sprinkle who was the 9th commitment of the class. Raekwon McMillan knows the value of a star studded defensive line from the perspective of a linebacker. This series of tweets Sunday afternoon details it in pretty simple terms:
Regardless of whether Da'Shawn Hand ultimately commits to Ohio State, it's very likely that McMillan will. Even while holding onto ten different offers after just two seasons of high school football - with two seasons yet to play - McMillan has an obvious interest in what Urban Meyer is currently putting together in Columbus. An awful lot can happen in two years, especially in the mind of a teenager, but if Sunday's free insight into the mind of a top recruit is any indication, I would say the Buckeyes are in the lead at the quarter pole.
Below is the 2011 highlight video of McMillan. A quick warning - there's some strong language in the background music of McMillan's vid, so viewer beware. If you're ok with that, this video is as impressive as you'll find. Kid. Is. A. BEAST...
Raekwon McMillan 2011 Highlights
Editors Note: McMillan photo courtesy 247Sports