I read this article on the O-Zone website. The O-Zone covers Ohio State sports. Editor John Porentas has been a close friend of mine for many years. His website is my favorite, because he is honest, and they cover all sports at Ohio State University.
So impressed with the article that I received his permission to post on MSROHIO.com. Thanks to John Porentas for his permission to use it on MSROHIO.com
The article is so McCallister when it comes to the “Star- system. Have fun with the “Star-system,” but do not take it seriously. Use it as a form of entertainment.
Forget the Stars, Just be a Star
COLUMBUS, Ohio – At a recent Ohio State spring football media day Darron Lee stood facing reporters, fielding question with his ever-present smile. He answered directly and with authority, but took a short break when he saw fellow linebacker Raekwon McMillan standing a few yards away, also answering questions.
Photo by Jim Davidson
“Hey Chose One, Chosen One,” Lee shouted. “Chosen One” he repeated, then laughed a satisfied laugh.
Reporters with him, including this one, were pretty much stunned.
“He hates that when we make that 5-star joke with him. It gets under his skin, but he knows we love him,” said a still-laughing Lee.
“We don’t really pay too much attention to the stars around here because it’s really all about how you work.”
The 5-star ranking that Lee referred to is the ranking bestowed on McMillan by the recruiting services when he was a high school senior. McMillan had a very good first year at Ohio State, but it didn’t come close to the year that Lee had in his first year on the field as a redshirt freshman. Lee, a former high school quarterback and safety, absolutely starred for the Buckeyes at his walk-out linebacker position. He not only played well, but played well when it counted most in the last three games of the OSU season. Coming out of high school, however, he was rated a 3-star by those same recruiting services.
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