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Not many players can come in and put up big numbers in highly competitive Florida 8A in their first year of football. That's exactly what Charlie Miler did in his senior season. The fast-rising 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver has seven scholarship offers, but has trimmed his choices to two schools. Miller talks about the schools and much more with

"Vanderbilt offered me last week," said Charlie Miller of Vero Beach High School in Fla. "Coach (Josh) Gaddis came to see me in person, and I've talked to Coach Franklin on the phone. They're my No. 1 school right now. I'm leaning towards committing to them this weekend when I'm on my official visit."

The other school in the picture for Miller is Northern Illinois. He took an official visit to the DeKalb campus on December 16th. He was high on Dave Doeren's Huskies program, but the Vanderbilt offer may become to good for Miller to pass up.

"It's a great school with outstanding academics," Miller said of Vanderbilt. "Having the chance to play in the SEC is a great opportunity because you know you're going against the best."

Miller grabbed 45 catches for 1,038 yards at Vero Beach. He had a 23.1 yards-per-reception average with 10 touchdowns in 11 games. He had four games of 100-plus receiving yards including a performance of five receptions, 185 yards, two touchdowns in week four against West Boca Raton.

"After the catch I can go do something with it," said Miller of his biggest strength as a wide receiver. "I have good speed. I ran a 4.45 40 at my high school. I've got good hands and a good vertical leap."

Miller, a former basketball player, was named All-Area (Sebastian- Vero Beach) and Second Team All-State (8A) in his first year of football. His team, the Indians, finished the season at 9-2. If things go well on the visit, Miller hopes to continue to hone his skills as a Commodore.

"This will be my first trip to Nashville," said Miller. "I'm going to be leaving on Friday. I'll be making the trip by myself. I'm just looking forward to being up there and seeing what it's like."

Miller has also been offered by Minnesota, Iowa State, UCF, Florida Atlantic, and Western Michigan in addition to Vanderbilt and Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan is the former home of Vanderbilt's new wide receivers coach, Josh Gaddis. Miller has one teammate, Charles Ivory, committed to Northern Illinois and another, Dwayne Hoilett, committed to Miami. Top Stories