Braxton Miller is busy opening envelopes...and that's a good thing. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)
Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller is considered one of the top five football recruits in Ohio for the Class of 2011...and his offer sheet reflects it. Recently Miller picked up offers from Florida and Alabama. Who else has offered? Maybe the better question is who hasn't?
When he steps onto a football gridiron, Huber Heights Wayne junior Braxton Miller is usually considered The Man as the Warriors’ standout quarterback.
But the 6-2, 190-pound Miller is just one of the guys when he suits up for the Wayne basketball squad. That was his role last Saturday night as he had two points in his team’s 62-53 win over Jackson in the Ohio Scholastic Play By Play Classic Saturday night at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.
Miller, considered one of Ohio’s top five football prospects for 2011, was still a man in demand after the game as central Ohio reporters were interested in where things stood with his college choice.
When asked about his status on the basketball squad, Miller said, “It doesn’t matter to me. I’m just trying to help my team get a W.”
In addition to Ohio State, Alabama and Florida recently made scholarship offers to Miller. He was asked about the recruiting process.
“It’s going great right now,” he said. “I get excited when I get (offers). I get a big smile on my face and now I have to wait to choose who I am going to be with. I just want to make the right decision in the end.”
For the second weekend in a row, Miller spent time at Ohio State. He was at OSU’s junior day for the Wisconsin basketball game two weeks ago and was back at VCA for his own team’s game this past Saturday.
“It’s been nice,” he said. “I like the atmosphere here and everything.”
When asked what stood out from the junior day, Miller said, “They are just like family. I come around here and they treat me like I am their son or something. It’s love all around here. That’s why I like that.
“We always have a good time up here. I got to talk to Coach Tressel. It was just a good time."
Miller said he was tuned in on Jan. 1 to see the Buckeyes – and current quarterback Terrelle Pryor – in the Rose Bowl.
“I was waiting on that all that year,” Miller said. “They took the chains off of him. He did real good.”
In addition to Ohio State, Alabama and Florida, Miller said he was also seriously considering Georgia and Notre Dame right now. Of course, Miller is familiar with new ND coach Brian Kelly from his recent three-year stint at Cincinnati.
“He was the first one that offered me as a freshman,” Miller said of Kelly. “They offered me after they got to Notre Dame, maybe a week or two later.”
In regards to Alabama, Miller said, “They sent me an offer in the mail. They are saying the same thing as some of the other schools. They are starting to get into it and get heavy with the calls and the e-mails. It’s one of the top teams in the nation.”
Miller is planning a spring trip down to Florida.
“I am going down there in April in the spring game and check them out,” he said.
Miller said he is in no hurry to make a decision. Rather, he wants to gather as much information as he can on his colleges and make an informed decision.
“I will probably wait things out and take some trips,” he said. “I want to wait and see how it goes with my visits. I want to see how the offenses are and how guys are leaving early and whether I can play early.”
Miller has been the starting quarterback at Wayne since his freshman year. That season, he threw for 1,048 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He only played in six games as a sophomore in 2008, throwing for 642 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions before suffering a broken leg.
This past year, he played in nine of his team’s 11 games. He missed two games due to a deep thigh bruise. He completed over 51 percent of his passes for 1,092 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 450 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Wayne went 7-4 with an opening round playoff loss.
“It was nice to have my first playoff game,” Miller said. “We came away with a loss. We want to come back next year and win it all. That’s what I am working for."