Ohio State Buckeyes to Host Pair of Blue-Chip Recruits from Peach State

By Patrick Schmidt
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Ohio State will be hosting two of the top players from the Peach State Apr. 1-3 when the nation’s No. 1 linebacker, Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga. Liberty County) and four-star athlete, Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga. Norcross) make the trip to Columbus.

I’ve written in the past about McMillan who at one point had the Buckeyes as his leader, but currently doesn’t claim any leaders and may be thinking about staying in the southeast. That may cause some of the more fervent fans of the Bucks to be nervous they may be losing one of their top targets for the class of 2014. However, I wouldn’t be because getting the 6-3, 245-pound linebacker on campus will be another opportunity to sell him on the program.

If McMillan decided against taking the trip, then you may be a little skeptical about where his heart lies, but with so much time left in the recruiting cycle, it’s best that he explore all of his options, which he has plenty of.

Autry is a 5-10, 175-pound athlete that is capable of playing either cornerback or a jack-of-all-trades offensive threat in college. His best position in my opinion is as a corner, but he is so elusive and dangerous with the ball in his hands that Urban Meyer may want him to be a return man, slot receiver and running back. Maybe he even plays on both sides of the ball like former Buckeye Chris Gamble. That would be quite the recruiting pitch, wouldn’t it?

The do-it-all Autry named the Buckeyes as his leader three days after Christmas and will be making his first visit to Columbus. You never hear about a recruit not enjoying his recruiting visits, so he should be leaving on Apr. 3 with Meyer’s team still in the top spot.

One bonus for Ohio State is that Autry can sell McMillan on the idea of playing together and serve as Meyer’s recruiting assistant to be in his ear even when he isn’t.

For Ohio State, the three days to start April can be a pivotal time as they look to maintain their status with two of the nation’s best.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your Google network.

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