Miller Returns To Field, Eyes Written Offers

The Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback led his team to a season-opening win over Cincinnati Princeton at Welcome Stadium in Dayton on Friday night, marking his first game since a broken leg wiped out the second half of his sophomore season last year. Next he anticipates his first written scholarship offers.

Right now is all about new beginnings for Braxton Miller.

Friday saw Miller's first touchdown pass and run of the season and his first game experience with a newly installed no-huddle offense.

With those things behind him, he will not have to wait long for the next new experience, either. Tuesday is the first day colleges are allowed to send high school juniors such as Miller written scholarship offers.

He already has verbal offers from several schools, including Ohio State, Cincinnati and the Miami (Fla.), but getting something a little more tangible figures to be more exciting.

"It's going to be big for my family, the school, the city and especially for me because I've been waiting on this day, so we'll see what happens," Miller said.

He has been receiving recruiting interest since not long after breaking into the Warriors starting lineup as a freshman, but he says he has no top schools on his interest list.

"That's question mark right now," he said. "I've got to check out some more colleges and see what's going on."

Miller figures to get plenty of chances to check out some of the top schools in the nation this season. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, and Miami have all invited him to games, but only one trip was scheduled as of Friday night.

Miller will make the roughly 60-minute journey east from Huber Heights to Columbus to watch the Buckeyes play host to Southern California on Sept. 12.

His ability to make such a trek was at one time in jeopardy, but the recent move of Wayne's highly anticipated home matchup with Cleveland Glenville from the night of the clash between the Buckeyes and the Trojans to the night before has cleared the way.

"I can't miss that," Miller said with a smile. "That's going to be a good showdown. I expect the Big Ten to come out with a ‘W'. They'll show the other teams they can compete with the other conferences."

As for his first night back in game action, Miller gave his performance a four or 4.5 on a scale of 1-10.

In ran that was at times torrential, he completed 4 of 9 passes for 74 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Elkins that gave the Warriors the lead for good in the second quarter.

That drive covered 75 yards and also featured an electrifying 50-yard run by Miller in which the 6-2, 190-pounder kept the ball on the option, cut back against the grain and sprinted down the sideline before being run out of bounds by a defender who had the angle from the other side of the field.

"We were talking in the huddle and the guys said I had to step up and make a big play, so the team could come back and get some excitement, so that's what I did," he said.

He operated primarily out of the four-wide-receiver-shotgun formations with a little bit of I-form mixed and said he will look to find a college team that does embraces the spread.

Though blessed with outstanding speed and running ability, Miller said he prefers to his attacks to be aerial.

"I love passing," he said.


Buckeye Sports Top Stories