April 23, 2014

Ohio State Lands Terrelle Pryor’s Heir Apparent in Braxton Miller

It’s impossible to discuss the QB position at Ohio State without looking at it through the context of Terrelle Pryor. While the jury may still be out of Pryor’s ability to live up to the hype surrounding his recruitment, there’s no escaping or mistaking the weight of that publicity. So while Wayne High School (Huber Heights, OH) quarterback Braxton Miller may not have been the most hyped player Jim Tressel ever landed, he just might be the best QB Coach Tressel has ever pulled in.

At a press conference at his high school this afternoon, Braxton Miller, the #2 QB in the nation according to both ESPNU and Rivals (Miller was the #1 QB according to Scout.com), announced his intentions to join the 2011 class at The Ohio State University. Miller had offers from over 40 schools, and prior to making his announcements, his finalists were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, with Florida and OSU the supposed final 2 schools. 

Even though Terrelle Pryor is still just a junior at OSU and still has plenty of time to cement his legacy at the University, the college lifespan goes by quick and people were beginning to wonder who Pryor’s heir would be. Some were hoping that it would be Nick Montana in the 2010 class, but Montana ultimately went with Notre Dame Washington (thanks to JB for the correction), leaving Tressel in the position of putting the full court press on landing Miller for next year’s class.

You can’t understate how important it was for Ohio State to bring Miller into the Buckeye family as they really didn’t have another long term option to follow Pryor. Now, Miller will compete with Kenny Guiton for the spot as next OSU QB.

Braxton Miller may not be the same athlete that Pryor is, but then again, almost nobody is. Pryor is one of those rare freak athletes that only come around a few times. Miller is certainly a very good athlete in his own right, and has shown the ability to do a lot of damage with his feet and with his surprising strength. What separates Miller from Pryor, and even Troy Smith, is his advance passing ability. Miller is already a much more accomplished passer than Terrelle Pryor is and he’s well ahead of where Troy Smith was at this point in his career. There are some questions about Baxton’s decision making as he sometimes tries to force the ball into traffic, but there are no questions about his strength or accuracy in his arm.

Of course, recruiting is only half of the story, as now it’s up to the OSU coaching staff to further his progress and development and it’s up to Braxton himself to put in the necessary work to take his game to the next level. But regardless of how this turns out, there’s no question that today is a yet another great day for Buckeye fans everywhere.

  • JB

    Nick Montana went with the University of Washington…

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    Wheeee!

  • oribiasi

    O-H

  • Matt#2

    Long clip.

  • Oppie

    Love the signing!!! I love TP, but Miller’s throwing motion already looks a more fluid. Excited to see this kid suit up and he won’t even see the field for like 1-2 more years.

    This signing should help bring in a few more big name recruits and I’m sure Miller will have his hand in trying to talk a few other guys into joining him.

  • BELIEVEland

    The kid know how to take a snap from under center? Isn’t that the knock on these spread/read-option offense kids when they try to make it at the next level?

    Excited nonetheless… I-O!

  • Scott

    He stated that he’s graduating from HS early (January) so that he can enroll and take part in next seasons spring ball. Dude can’t wait to get on the field in Columbus.

  • BrianRut4

    Now its time to put on your recruiting hat, young Braxton

  • mgbode

    no mention that the kid was so excited to be a Buckeye he had a logo tattoo on his left arm?

    anyways, there are definitely questions on this kid (53% is not great and he came up short against top competition pretty consistently).

    however, he is MUCH further along than Pryor here or VY in Texas as a passer, and we can keep pretty much the same offense (which will help us recruit other positions as well).

    very solid signing and I hope for big things from him. isn’t he the type of dual-threat guy Rich-Rod should have put a full-court press on to get? Just asking because I didn’t see Michigan’s hat on that table.