Monday, May 25, 2009

THE NEXT TERRELLE PRYOR?

Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) quarterback, Braxton Miller, is already being compared to some of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the prep gridiron — and he's only going to be a junior this fall.

Yes, he has even been compared to current OSU quarterback, Terrelle Pryor.

The 6-2, 200-pounder — who's still getting bigger — has been shaking up the college football recruiting world ever since he stepped onto the field in his first game as a freshman in the 2007 season.
Miller substituted Wayne's starting quarterback during the 2007 season opener — against Ohio powerhouse Cincinnati Colerain — in the second half and instantly dazzled the crowd and the Cardinals defense for 149 yards on 10-of-15 passing.

Not too bad for a kid that was playing junior high ball just a season prior.

Miller was named the starter after that opening game and led Wayne to an 8-1 record the rest of the way, in arguably the toughest region of high school football in the country.

Last season, Miller looked well on his to living up to the hype, leading his team to a 5-0 record to start the season, including a big win over Illinois powerhouse and eventual state champion, East St. Louis, in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic in Cincinnati.

However, in a Week 6 matchup with Clayton Northmont, Miller injured his ankle and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Wayne won just three of their last seven games without Miller.

Miller's unfortunate injury didn't scare away the scouts though, as Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel offered the sophomore quarterback a scholarship a few weeks after suffering the devastating injury.

Miller stated that Tressel told him that he wanted the Huber Heights-native "to be Terrelle Pryor's successor." Now that's saying a lot about a kid who hasn't even had an opportunity to attend his high school prom.

I have seen what Miller can do first hand and his abilities are mind blowing.

First, Miller's mechanics are near flawless, as his quick release isn't something that usually accompanies such a young player. In fact, Miller's passing abilities are already further along than that of Pryor. Also, his running ability is ultra-impressive as well — extremely Pryor-like.

But, the most mind-boggling aspect about Miller is his leadership skills. It is apparent from the moment you see him play that he is in charge of the offense — and the entire team for that matter.
Now that's Pryor to a T.

Miller's skills are well beyond his years.

Ohio State isn't the only college football power already in love with Miller. Florida, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), West Virginia are just a few of the schools looking into Miller's services and talents.

However, Miller seems to be a huge OSU lean right now.

Not only was he decked out in Ohio State gear during Wayne's state playoff game against Cincinnati Woodward last November, but his cousin is former Buckeyes star wide receiver, Dee Miller.

According to an interview with the Columbus Dispatch last fall, Dee Miller said that his cousin is a born Buckeye.

"Oh, he loves Ohio State," Dee Miller told the Dispatch. "Since he was a little kid he has been excited about Ohio State.

"And at the end of the day, he'll probably be a Buckeye."

To definitely be continued ...