When the name Schlichter is uttered in Big Ten country, those within earshot the discussion automatically envision the former Buckeye great (Art) lining up behind center for the Scarlet and Grey back in the late 70's. What many may not know is that when that name is mentioned down in Ohio these days, it is done in reference to an altogether different person.
Miles Schlichter is a 6-1, 205 pound signal caller from Miami Trace High School in Washington Court House, Ohio. The nephew of Art Schlichter, Miles quarterbacked his club to a 10-0 regular season, but suffered an early exit from the playoffs with a first round loss.
Having an uncle that is of one of the all time greats in his home state can be somewhat daunting. Nonetheless, Miles has been able to forge a name for himself by performing impressively in his own right. " I completed 60% of my passes," Schlichter said. "I only threw the ball 131 times. I had over 1700 yards passing, close to 700 yards rushing on over 100 carries, and 19 Touchdowns to 4 picks."
Mobility is obviously a big part of Miles' game, as evidenced by his excellent rushing stats. While down at the Army All-American combine he ran an electronic timed 4.9 forty and showed some of the skill that has a few high majors inquiring about him.
Among the schools interested are Midwest powers Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. The close proximity of those institutions has allowed him to make a few visits over the last couple of years. "I get letters from a lot o the Big Ten," Schlichter said. "Boston College and Virginia too. I went to Michigan [to the summer football camp] going into my sophomore year. That was the last time I went to camp. I didn't get to make it up to camp this year because I had a school event to go to and I couldn't miss it. I went to Ohio State's senior day last year. We had some family plans so I had to attend that instead of the regular session. I plan on camping. I really don't know where yet. It depends on what happens in the next couple of months."
Though he has no scholarship offers to date, the possibility of making an early commitment is one that is very intriguing to the versatile quarterback. "It depends on what options I have," Schlichter said. "If I have the right offers and I feel comfortable committing, I'll get it done early. I really don't want to drag it out for long time. It takes time out of your life. You just want o get it over and done with…so I'll probably go early."
GBW will be keeping tabs on Miles in the coming months.