May 10, 2009

2011 star is feeling the love

The recruiting class of 2011 is still off in the distance and coaches can't even make written offers to rising seniors for four more months but that doesn't mean people are not becoming aware of who some of the top names for the class are going to be.

Either way you slice it two of the top names end in Miller with Canton (Ohio) McKinley defensive end Steve Miller and Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller. Both players reportedly have verbal offers from Ohio State at this point and seem to be sure fire September offers as well. Have the two players had a chance to talk early in the process?

"We haven't had a chance to talk," Steve Miller said. "We do play them (September 5th).

More and more schools are getting into contact with the McKinley staff to learn more about the 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end and just recently Stanford and West Virginia have thrown their hats into the ring for Miller. Which school has been showing the most interest though at this point?

"Ohio State has been showing me love," Miller said.

Miller was seen on the sidelines at an Ohio State spring practice in April and he will be familiar with the Ohio State campus before the process is over.

"I know that I am going to the USC game," Miller said.

Miller will have plenty of opportunities to take in games with more than 18 months until his national signing day and at this point Miller wants to have the opportunity to finish up his sophomore year of school and get ready for his junior season as his Bulldog team looks to improve on a 6-5 record last season that ended on a loss to Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak.

While Miller has been able to show plenty of ability on the field after a 116 tackle, eight sack season there is one thing about the Buckeyes that has caught his attention off of the playing field.

"I really like their academics and the support," Miller said.

What are some of the attributes that make Miller such a strong player for those who have not had an opportunity to see him play?

"(On the field I am) hard-working and aggressive and I don't ever give up," Miller said. "I have good speed. (I would like to work on) my feet and hands."

Another thing that is on Ohio State's side is proximity among other factors.

"I like that it is close to home," Miller said. "It is also where my parents would like me to go too so they could come and see me play."

That decision will be a ways off however but the Ohio State coaching staff will be keeping a careful eye on this one as things progress.

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