Could Steve Miller Be An Early Commit?

Canton McKinley star junior defensive end Steve Miller is one of the top prospects in the Ohio class of 2011. Miller had a great sophomore season last year and is primed to have a dynamite year in 2009. Bill Greene caught up with Miller at an Akron camp and filed this report.

Canton McKinley junior defensive end Steve Miller was one of the top performers at a recent Akron University camp. Miller, one of Ohio's highest rated players in the class of 2011, is excited about the upcoming season.

"I'm here at Akron to get in some more work to get better," Miller told about his showing. "I liked working out with Coach [Dana] Chambers. He worked on our footwork and being quick off the ball. I think I'm a lot better than I was last year. I'm up to 225 pounds right now, after playing at around 200 pounds last year. I think I'm just as quick, even with the weight gain. I ran under a 4.7 at Ohio State a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to our season getting under way. We're going to be really good defensively and we take a lot of pride in shutting people down. Playing at Canton McKinley will prepare me for college football."

Miller's coach, Ron Johnson, has been contacted by most of the schools in the country regarding his young star. Miller is aware of the interest from college recruiters but is not overwhelmed by the attention.

"I let Coach Johnson handle all stuff right now," he said. "The colleges can't offer me a scholarship in writing until September. I'm expecting written offers from a lot of schools, according to what my coach has told me. It's really early, but I like Ohio State, Florida, UCLA, USC, and all the Big Ten schools."

Miller has been to Ohio State, both for a game and summer camp, and it's no secret the Buckeyes are high on the young man's list.

"I'm expecting an offer from Ohio State the first day they can do it," Miller said. "They told me I will have it, so that's a good feeling. I think I will have a lot of offers, but Ohio State is right up there for me."

Miller burst onto the recruiting scene with a tremendous sophomore season for Canton McKinley. He recorded 116 tackles and registered six sacks.

Is there any chance Miller could be making an early pledge to the Buckeyes?

"I was at Ohio State for the spring game and that was really great," he said. "I'm definitely going back on Saturday night for the USC game and I'm thinking that will be an unbelievable game. There's a chance I could commit early to Ohio State but I'm not real sure right now. I will talk it over with my mom and my coach. My mom just wants me to find the school that gives me the best education. That's the most important thing to her."

Ohio State recruiting fans should circle week two of the high school season as one to watch. Canton McKinley will host Huber Heights Wayne at Fawcett Stadium in Canton. Wayne will feature super junior quarterback Braxton Miller, another of the top-rated 2011 players.

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