HINESVILLE, GA - We begin our look at the WTOC Super 11 All-Stars with linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Liberty County.
McMillan has been listed on recruiting web sites as the top linebacker in the nation and rivals.com says he is the 7th best player, no matter what position, in the country.
He tells us why he loves to play defense, "It's fun reading offenses and knowing what people are doing before they actually do it. Get to the ball and when you get to the ball, have a thunk with it."
McMillan plays football with a passion, especially on defense and he can control the game from his linebacker position where coach Kirk Warner says he is like a quarterback, "He not only knows what his responsibilities are but he keeps out D-Line in check and makes sure everyone is the correct coverage, man, and that's what we want. We've got him in the middle and hopefully he creates havoc and makes the other 10 guys better around him."
McMillan added, "We're going to fly around. We've got a bunch of athletes this year. Last year had a bunch of guys under a new defensive coordinator so they weren't really into the scheme, yet. But this year, we've had a whole year and a half under the scheme and we really know what's going on this year."
McMillan will also play some fullback on offense and Coach Warner is licking his chops at the thought of the 6-2, 242-pounder rumbling through an opponents defense, who would stop him? Laughing, Warner answered that question, "Hopefully that's the plan. I've been scratching my head. I know if I was an opposing defensive coordinator, I wouldn't have no game plan for him." McMillan says he is looking forward to running with the ball, "I want to help out my team any way possible, man, scoring a couple of touchdowns, getting a couple of hard yards and coming off the field. Playing both ways is starting to be normal to me. I've been doing it for the last 3 years."
McMillan has been recruited by virtually everyone in the country the last couple of the years. He says he has narrowed his choice to 6 schools, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Ole Miss and Georgia. What will make the difference in his decision, "When I get on the campus, how I feel, man. I take my last visits these next 5 months and I make my decision in January." Until then, a lot of college coaches will be holding their breath.