Two years ago Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel offered then Wayne
High School sophomore Braxton Miller a scholarship to play football for
the Buckeyes. Thursday, on the final day of his junior year, Miller said
“Yes” to OSU.
HUBER HEIGHTS – A few months ago at a press conference for high profile national
football recruit and Lakota West High School linebacker Jordan Hicks,
Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch received jeers when he asked if Hicks
felt like he turned his back on Ohio State after selecting Texas.
with another high-profile national recruit announcing – Wayne
quarterback Braxton Miller – there were cheers when Ohio State was
discussed. Miller, the No. 1 ranked QB in the Class of 2011 according to
one national service and ranked No. 2 by another, selected Ohio State
over Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame and Georgia before a throng of media
and fans inside the Wayne Auditorium.
Said Miller: “I’m an Ohio
His arm says so too.
After announcing his decision,
Miller announced the arrival of his newest tattoo – a Block O similar to
that of current Buckeye QB Terrelle Pryor. Miller got the ink on his
upper arm Wednesday night.
He’ll ink his name in February.
becomes one of the jewel’s of Ohio State’s recruiting class that now
numbers 12 and includes four of the top five seniors in the state
(Centerville DL Michael Bennett, Canton McKinley DE Steve Miller and
Toledo Whitmer DE Kenny Hayes are the others). The Buckeyes should bolt
up the national recruiting class rankings as well.
words like “home” and “family” when he discussed why he chose the
Buckeyes. He also expressed his appreciation that they hadn’t offered –
and weren’t going to – another QB. There was speculation Glenville QB
Cardale Jones was in the mix too.
“They told me halfway through
my junior year that they weren’t going to go after anyone else until
they heard from me,” Miller said. “I was like ‘Wow!’ I was their guy.”
Miller briefly flirted with Florida who entered the picture late,
but the Gators – despite being in the top two – were never a real
Florida already has a commitment from another
highly ranked national recruit in Jeff Driskel. Miller has never been to
the Gainesville campus either.
“Two weeks ago my family and I
decided,” Miller said. “I liked Urban (Meyer) but it just came down to
the fact that it was Ohio State. That was that.”
started at Wayne since the first game of his freshman year when he was
thrust into the limelight against Colerain. Since then Miller has done
nothing to disappoint.
Last season, en route to leading Wayne to
the Division I playoffs, Miller completed 88-of-166 passes for 938 yards
and nine TDs. He also had 112 carries for 467 yards and 18 TDs.
24 career games, Miller has completed 240-of-431 passes for 2,628 yards
and 23 TDs. He’s also rushed for 1,004 yards and 29 TDs on 259 carries.
Under Miller’s control, Wayne is 20-4 in games he’s started.
is the second big-time 2011 recruit from Dayton and the Greater Western
Ohio Conference to commit to Ohio State (Bennett is the other). Buckeye
fans hope he’s not the last either.
Springfield linebacker Trey
DePriest is also on Ohio State’s radar. And he’s on Miller’s speed dial.
The two have been lifelong friends since growing up in Springfield
and played youth football with each other up until high school.
has offers from Florida and Alabama too that he’s weighing. A decision
isn’t imminent. Although a push from Miller might be.
was at the presser.
“Hopefully he’ll follow me and be my roommate
someday,” Miller said. “I’m going to work him until he starts
OSU fans can wipe their brows. B-Mill is a Buckeye.