Brandon Miller, 6'2" 188 defensive back, from Withrow H.S. (Ohio) is the first ‘Cat through the door for 2006. And what a way to start off this years commitment list. Coach Gamble met with us earlier today. "Brandon is one of our best athletes on our team." "He was the first kid I saw in the hallway when he was a freshman." "I asked him if he played football, and he told me that he was a basketball player, but he would give it a shot."
So what made Miller decide early to commit to Cincinnati? "I admire Coach Dantonio, I want to play under a coach like that, I am going to Cincinnati to get a ring." "He has already proven he knows how to win a National title." "The move to the Big East has made this all possible, and Coach Dantonio is the right coach to bring the team to a BCS bowl." "And I want to be a part of that especially in my hometown."
Miller chose the ‘Cats over Illinois, Boston College, and East Carolina. So which coach pulled in this big fish? "Coach Narduzzi recruited me, he is a really great guy and I look forward to playing in his defense."
So what will Miller study at UC? "I plan on studying Architecture; they have one of the best programs in the nation."
Coach Gamble let us know that Miller will not be eligible to play this season at Withrow due to him turning 19 in January. "Brandon started school late, he was never held back or failed, he was started in school really late." In most cases like this Prep school is usually the answer, but that may not be the case for Miller. "Prep school is not out of the question, but as of now I plan on staying at Withrow, and practicing with the team, but just coaching on Friday nights." Coach Gamble also alerted us that Withrow is appealing to the Ohio High School Athletic Association to get Miller ruled eligible. If he goes the Prep school route where would he go? "I am not sure but there is one in Connecticut I would probably go to if I went that route." "I am planning on being at Withrow with my teammates this fall." When posed the question that if he went to a prep school would that reopen his rectuiting up? "No, doesn't matter who offered." When I brought up USC or Ohio State, Miller emphatically repeated "No, I am excited to play at Cincinnati, and can't wait."
Due to Miller's eligibility concerns would enrolling early be a possibility? "Possible, but I am not really looking at that, I will need to sit down with Coach Gamble."
As I am sure everyone was wondering about Miller's absence at Cincinnati camp last week. "I dislocated my wrist playing basketball." "I had surgery, I get my cast of in six weeks and then I have another surgery." "I should be 100% by October."
Withrow has many D-1 prospects this year, I asked Miller to compare himself to teammate and fellow defensive back Robert Williams. "We are two different players, I am a hitter, and he is a cover guy." "I can also cover but Robert is a little better cover guy than me." "I am more like Roy Williams, and he is Deion Sanders."
The future is looking bright for the Bearcats.
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