Braxton Miller, the No.1 rated player in the country according to Scout.com, has committed to Ohio State. Most insiders already had seen this coming for months, but several schools including Alabama still had hopes of swaying Miller.
The 6’2’’ 190 pound quarterback has already been compared to Terrelle Pryor, long before his commitment was known. It’s already been noted that his passing skills at this point in time are better than Pryor’s going into his freshman year.
The benefit Miller has is two fold though, he gets to use Pryor as a mentor for the next season, and he won’t feel the pressure of coming in and needing to be a starter the way Pryor did his freshman year.
This extra learning time Miller will receive, along with competition from players like back up quarterback Kenny Guiton, will make him much more ready to see Big Ten action going into his sophomore year.
Miller has already been in contact with fellow buckeye recruit Jeremy Cash as the two attempt to sway other recruits to Columbus. Ohio State seems poised to have another top five recruiting class after last years class fizzled in the ratings on most recruiting websites.
If Miller decides to enroll early, and be a part of spring ball with the Buckeyes, look for him to the second string quarterback behind Pryor and in front of Bauserman and Guiton for the 2011 season.
His skill set and size make him an elite player for the Buckeyes, and he should make the transition to the post-Pryor era that much easier. He should have a faster learning curve than Pryor due mainly to the fact he gets almost a year and a half to shadow the Buckeyes Heisman candidate.
Getting Miller to commit this early is a huge plus for Ohio State. It takes a lot of pressure of both the coaching staff and off of Miller, giving both parties more time to recruit. Buckeye fans can breathe easy as once again the quarterback situation becomes a non-issue for the next few seasons.