“He came up to me and we had the same exact injury on the same leg and we had the same exact scar,” Miller said. “It was nuts. We both have metal plates and screws in our leg.”
Miller fractured his left ankle and fibula in the first game of his senior year at Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County – the same injury Sokol suffered as a senior at Rochester Adams a season ago.
He now is months removed from the injury and heavy into rehab.
“I am actually pretty close to sprinting, probably like a month or so off from fully sprinting,” he said. “It has been going well and I have been getting my leg back to normal size. I have been doing a lot of my normal work out stuff with power lifts and squats. I have been jogging all the time. It has been going really well.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Miller took time away from rehabbing the injury last weekend to take his official to Michigan State. He committed back in June hours after earning his offer at camp and joined seven other committed players on campus for their officials.
“Coach D said it best, since most of us were committed it was pretty much a celebration and orientation type weekend for most of us,” Miller said. “There wasn’t any pressure of recruiting or anything like that so we were able to enjoy ourselves.”
He had met the other commits previously on a pair of game visits in the fall, but said the weekend allowed those relationships to grow deeper.
“That was the best part of the whole visit just knowing that these are the guys you are coming in with and everything that goes with that,” he said. “Everyone was a great guy and I loved hanging out with all of them.”
The weekend was spent eating, going through academic meetings and orientations and also some fun at a bowling alley.
”They were saying usually there is a basketball game on one of those Saturdays so we went bowling,” Miller said. “It was a great time. We played laser tag, went back to the hotel and came back to eat.”
After the weekend trip to his future home, though, it was all excitement for Miller, who is eager to feel the team atmosphere again.
“Honestly, just being with a team again and consistently working out and having that atmosphere around you,” he said. “When you’re hurt, especially like a senior in high school, you don’t have the resources and time to be around the team a lot. I really haven’t been in that super team atmosphere since I got hurt, so I’m really looking forward to that again.”