Bassett High School (VA) junior Andrew Miller is a standout in football and wrestling. He stars at offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Bengals varsity football squad, and he recently captured a heavyweight Group AA state championship in wrestling. He'll have to pick one sport or the other in college, though, and the decision could be a tough one to make.
"I haven't decided yet," the 6-5, 275-pound Miller replied when asked if he would wrestle or play football in college. "It is a tough decision. There are a lot of factors that will go into what I do, but it is about even right now I guess."
Miller's preference early on in high school easily was football, but he has really taken a liking to wrestling as well. In fact, he performs on the AAU wrestling circuit in the offseason. Last year, he traveled all the way to New Mexico and Oklahoma to take part in some of those meets.
"At first, I got into wrestling to have something to do so I wouldn't get out of shape for football," Miller said. "It led to something I really got into. It is a hard sport. I really like the competition."
Miller has one offer for each sport. The University of Virginia has offered for football, while Virginia Tech has offered for wrestling. N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the programs expressing interest for football.
In terms of Virginia and Virginia Tech, Miller seems to like both schools so far. He attended UVa's one-day lineman camp last summer and returned for the February 24th junior day. He has been to Virginia Tech numerous times to visit his older brother, Tim, who is on a wrestling scholarship.
"Virginia is a really nice place in a good environment," said Miller, whose primary recruiter from UVa is Dave Borbely. "They have a good football program. It would be a good place to be. When I went up there, their coaches seemed really interested in me.
"With Virginia Tech, I've been there plenty of times because of my brother. It seems like a well-rounded school. It is a real nice place to be around."
Making a college decision is something Miller is not focused on at this point.
"I know it is a big decision and I guess it'll have to be made soon," Miller said. "I've only really toured one school so far and that is UVa, although I know everything about Tech. I'll probably visit a few more schools, such as N.C. State and Wake Forest, but I'm not sure when. It'll depend on my schedule."
In the meantime, Miller is lifting weights four days a week in preparation for AAU wrestling and for his senior football season.