OSU Familiar With Ohio Lineman Miller

Taylor Miller from Trenton Edgewood has a chance to be one of the top offensive linemen from the state of Ohio in the class of 2010. The big, quick guard has been one Ohio State's radar since his freshman season, and he checked out two of the team's biggest games this year.

Visions of Steve Rehring and Jim Cordle pulling from their guard spots into the hole to lead the Buckeye running backs might be dancing through the heads of the Ohio State coaching staff as they look at junior lineman Taylor Miller.

The class of 2010 prospect plays in a Wing-T offense at Trenton (Ohio) Edgewood, and as a guard in the offense, it is up to the 6-5, 295-pound Miller to be in motion on almost every play before he gets to his make his block.

"I don't think we have a base blocking scheme where he just goes straight ahead and blocks somebody," Edgewood head coach Steve Channell said. "It's always down blocking, kicking out, pulling, trapping, etc."

Miller is up to the task. Channell says he hasn't had many guys Miller's size on his perennial playoff squad, but the massive lineman is able to get out and move with the best of them.

"His mobility for his size," Channell said when asked what stands out about Miller. "We're a Wing-T team. He plays guard. That's got to be a pretty mobile person. I'd say his mobility stands out. He's got good feet."

That skill is one that Miller is quite proud of.

"I'm almost 6-6, 300 pounds, and I'm pretty quick with my feet," he said. "I'm just as fast as any other lineman out there, I think. I try to work on my speed a lot and keeping it there because it's one of my strongest points."

The combination of size and speed has Miller in line to be one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Ohio in the class of 2010 – and it has him in the recruiting radar of Ohio State.

Miller was first noticed as a prospect when he was a freshman starting on Edgewood's varsity team, and he's been a constant visitor to Ohio State for both camps and games. This year, he took in two marquee contests as he watched the Buckeyes' prime-time battle with Penn State as well as the rivalry with Michigan.

Miller has been to Ohio State camps each of the past two years as well and plans to return for a senior advanced camp this summer.

"I've been invited to all of the home games since my freshman year, and I talk to (line) coach (Jim) Bollman and (recruiting coordinator John) Peterson every time I'm up there," Miller said. "Coach Peterson is coming in to talk to me some time in the next couple of weeks."

Miller doesn't have anything concrete scheduled as far as visits go now that the high school season is over. He said he might take in a trip to West Virginia this weekend and could camp at places like Cincinnati, Illinois, West Virginia and Georgia Tech.

The only other place he saw a game this year was Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium as the Bearcats played Syracuse simply because of the distance he would have had to travel on a Saturday morning to get to other schools interested in him.

Miller currently has offers from Ohio, Western Michigan and Akron, but he said he doesn't have a favorite at this point. Should an OSU offer come, Miller said, "It would be huge. It would definitely be exciting."

The lineman said he's now able to handle the recruiting process simply because of how early it started for him.

"At first it was just kind of like, it all hit me at once," he said. "I started my freshman year with Ohio State and I was 15 years old. I was kind of in shock. I really didn't know I would be capable of playing at the next level, and then I sat down with my coach and he explained it to me, how big I am and my speed. He said I have the ability to do it.

"One of my biggest things is just trying to be humble about stuff, not be cocky and brag. I just try not to cause any problems for the team or make people think it's all about me. I try to stay humble."

As recruiting will start to heat up into the next year, Miller's immediate goal is to get himself and his teammates better with offseason work in an attempt to improve on this year's first-round playoff exit to eventual state runner-up Cincinnati Anderson. He has been named a team captain in the weight room along with some of his teammates.

"Right now, the goal is just to get more kids in the weight room and get everybody stronger," he said. "I want to get bigger and stronger and faster for next year. I've been waiting to be an upperclassman, just kind of be the captain of the team and take charge."

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