Raekwon McMillan was the top inside linebacker in the 2014 recruiting class, and the Gamecocks coaching staff didn’t even know his name.
At least that’s the tale that the Ohio State linebacker told to the Big Ten media on Tuesday.
The former 5-star inside linebacker out of Hinesville, Ga. recalled a recruiting visit to South Carolina during which former Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier walked up to him and asked him who he was, and then guessed that he may be a kid from Texas.
McMillan said he left his visit, which was supposed to include an overnight stay with former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, following the bizarre exchange.
Listen to McMillan recall the event in his own words:
Things often happen for a reason, as McMillan seems pretty content with his choice to go on to play for Urban Meyer at Ohio State, where he won a national championship with the Buckeyes in 2014 after contributing to the effort as a true freshman with 54 tackles.
Last season, McMillan recorded 119 tackles for the Buckeyes and enters 2016 as one of the nation’s premier linebackers.
Here’s a look at some highlights from his Ohio State career: