COLUMBUS, Ohio -Ohio State's football program, which has gone 23-1 since Urban Meyer became the Buckeyes' head coach, got a major boost on Monday when the nation's No. 1-ranked high school senior linebacker committed to OSU.
Raekwon McMillan of Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Ga., chose Ohio State over Alabama, Auburn and Clemson, the team OSU will play in the Orange Bowl next month.
On ESPN's list of the nation's top 300 recruits, McMillan is No. 12 overall, the highest of any linebacker.
McMillan is a 6-foot-2, 249-pound Under Armour all-American and becomes the second highly-regarded player out of talent-laden Georgia who plans to join OSU. Previously, quarterback Stephen Collier from Lee County High School announced he would sign with Ohio State come national-letter-of-intent day on Feb. 5, 2014.
While McMillan becomes the highest-rated player to commit to OSU thus far, Ohio State is getting more than its share of the nation's most talented youngsters.
Other highly-regarded players who have committed to Meyer include:
* Damon Webb, a 5-foot-10, 179-pound cornerback from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, who is rated the No. 57 recruit in ESPN's top 300. Among Webb's offers were Big Ten members Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Others who made offers include West Virginia and LSU.
* Jamarco Jones, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive tackle from De La Salle Institute in Chicago, rated No. 67 nationally. Virtually every major program was seeking his services including Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
* Dante Booker Jr., a 6-foot-3, 212-pound outside linebacker from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. Even with his early commitment to OSU, he still had offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, West Virginia and Tennessee.
* Curtis Samuel, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound athlete, from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Others who sought his services include Florida, USC, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.).
* Jalyn Holmes, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va., the No. 5 overall recruit in the Old Dominion State. OSU beat out Penn State, Southern Cal, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami.
* Demetrius Knox, a 6-foot-4, 296-pound offensive guard from All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. He was recruited by the Who's Who of college football including Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Texas and UCLA.
* Parris Campbell Jr., a 6-foot, 184-pound athlete, who is a teammate of Booker's at St. Vincent-St. Mary. He had offers from Michigan State, Tennessee and Indiana.
OSU is still actively recruiting, and has its sights set on at least five other members of the ESPN top 300.