January 12, 2012

Another Fla. junior grabs Ohio State offer

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is certainly making an effort to recruit his old stomping grounds as yet another junior from the state of Florida was offered recently in Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast linebacker Daniel McMillian. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect is one of the top juniors in the Sunshine State.

"They offered me on January 3rd," said McMillian. "I was real excited because I am probably the first one from First Coast to get an offer from Ohio State."

McMillian isn't the only First Coast linebacker on Ohio State's radar as the Buckeyes are actively recruiting seniors Joseph Jackson and Reggie Northrup. McMillian pointed to Meyer's reputation as a coach as well as the Big Ten's reputation for producing linebackers as two factors that weigh in Ohio State's favor.

"He's a very good coach," he said. "I could see myself playing for him. The Big Ten is a real good conference for linebackers; they send a lot of linebackers to the NFL so that's a positive."

Ohio State joins an offer list that has to be among the longest in the nation for junior football prospects.

"I have 42 offers," he said. "It's amazing. I thank God, that's really all I can do is just thank God."

McMillian pointed to his playmaking ability as his best asset on the football field. That playmaking ability is a major reason why he feels he will move from his middle linebacker position to the outside at the next level.

"I'm a playmaker," he said. "If you need a play to be made, I'm going to be the one that makes it." "I play middle linebacker in high school but I don't think I'm going to play that in college. I'm being recruited as a linebacker but most schools don't know which (specific position) yet. I prefer to play the hybrid linebacker/defensive end on the outside so I can make big plays and show my athleticism."

McMillian added that he currently has no favorites on the recruiting front and doesn't have any unofficial visits planned in the near future, though he may check out Florida at some point.


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