5 Raekwon McMillan

Raekwon McMillan Ohio State
usaUnited States
Hinesville, GA
High School
Liberty County
Past Teams
Ohio State
2014, 2015, 2016

Post-OSU Update: Raekwon McMillan declared for the 2017 NFL Draft with a year of collegiate eligibility remaining. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 54th pick (2nd round). McMillan tore his ACL in his first preseason game, though, and missed the entire season. He then started two years for the Dolphins, recording 105 tackles in his rookie season. He was traded to the Raiders before the 2020 season and played 16 games (4 starts) that season, recording 27 tackles. Following the season, he signed with the Patriots and has suffered two significant injuries – another preseason ACL injury in 2021 and an Achilles tear in the spring of 2023. (updated: Dec. 2023)

Major: Family Resource Management (2016), Undeclared (2015)

Weight: 243 (2016), 240 (2014-15)

2016 Media Guide: Raekwon McMillan was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2015 as a true sophomore and a second-team All-American as selected by Walter Camp … he enters the 2016 season a legitimate
and worthy candidate for the major individual defensive awards and All-America honors … already identified by coach Urban Meyer as a team co-captain this season, McMillan is expected to be a force on and off the field for a Buckeye defense that returns just three starters with six of its key players from 2015 drafted into the NFL … McMillan, who is instinctive and impressively quick to the ball, is coming off a 119-tackle season and enters the coming season with 166 career tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, four quarterback sacks, one interception, five pass break-ups and a fumble recovery … he has played in every game the past two seasons and has started 13 times at middle linebacker … a two-time Varsity O

2015: McMillan led the Buckeyes in tackles with 119 and ranked fourth in the Big Ten Conference in both total tackles and average per game (9.8) … his total was the most by an Ohio State sophomore in 25 years, or since Steve Tovar had 125 tackles as a sophomore in 1990 … McMillan was named first-team all-Big Ten by the media earned second-team All-America recognition on the Walter Camp ballot while finishing third for the Butkus Award, an award that he won as a high school senior … he started all 13 games at middle linebacker and led the Buckeyes in tackles seven times with high games of 16 tackles vs. Western Michigan (a career high) and 14 stops against both Indiana and Illinois … his high TFL game was 2.0 in the win over Illinois … credited with five quarterback hurries and had four pass break-ups … played 889 plays including activity on special teams in all 13 games.

2015 Media Guide: Expect Raekwon McMillan this season to reinforce the popular sentiment that he is a rising talent among college linebackers … McMillan has a year of tutoring from coaches and Curtis Grant behind him, and Grant is now vying for a position in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers … that leaves McMillan, instinctive and impressively quick to the ball, as Ohio State’s new man in the middle and he is expected to seize upon the opportunity … a true sophomore and a Varsity O letterwinner, McMillan is exploring majors in the areas of management and industry.

2014: McMillan earned snaps on defense at middle linebacker in 14 games and he played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions … he was named a freshman All-American by Athlon’s, 247Sports and Scout.com … he actually had more snaps at linebacker than the starter Grant in nine games, and he finished with 573 total plays, 471 of those on defense and 102 of them on special teams … McMillan made plays when he was in the game and finished No. 8 among Ohio State tacklers with 54 tackles, a total that included 6.5 tackles-for-loss (24 yards) and 2.5 sacks … he had an interception against Maryland that he returned 24 yards for a touchdown … he had a personal-best and team-leading seven tackles vs. Kent and he had six in games against Michigan and Wisconsin, the latter coming in the Big Ten championship game … he had a high of 2.5 TFLs, including two sacks, vs. Kent, and he also had 2.0 TFLs vs. Michigan.

2014 Media Guide: Raekwon McMillan is one of six from his recruiting class who enrolled at Ohio State in January 2014 … he was the nation’s top-rated inside linebacker prospect by ESPN and Rivals and he
was chosen as the 2013 national high school Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the country … a five-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, McMillan was rated as an overall Top 20 performer nationally by those three services.

High School: A four-year starter for coach Kirk Warner at Liberty County H.S., McMillan accumulated
456 tackles and 10 forced fumbles during his career … as a senior he totaled 159 tackles, 35.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks for his 8-3 squad, and he also rushed for nearly 700 yards on offense … was named the Georgia Region 3 AAAA defensive player of the year and a first-team all-state pick after his senior season … a two-time Savannah Morning News player of the year … named a first-team Parade and USA Today All-American following his 2013 senior season … recorded five tackles in the 2014 Under Armour All American game.



SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2014Ohio State1404927226.0222.51500124101
2015Ohio State131311957624.0111.550100400
2016Ohio State131310249537.0202.0122000400