Guess what? At this point it shouldn’t be much of a shock, but another standout offensive lineman will suit up on the college level in the Scarlet and Gray.
Finally putting pen to paper after being verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes for over six months, five-star Buford High (GA) center Harry Miller is the latest class of 2019 prospect to sign his national letter of intent with newly hired head coach Ryan Day and OSU.
Not just one of the most sought after center’s in the class of 2019, Miller’s name pops up among the top recruits in the entire country. Pegged as the 51st overall senior prospect, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, he chose Ohio State over a long list of scholarships that consisted of the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee to name a few.
Before he meets up with them in Columbus, Miller will have a chance to suit up on the same field with a number of his future teammate in the coming weeks. Selected to participate in the All-American Bowl on January 5 inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, fellow OSU class of 2019 members Garrett Wilson, Ronnie Hickman, Steele Chambers, and Doug Nester will all see action against some of the other highly rated recruits from across the country.
“Controlled chaos is really the best way to describe Miller’s game. The 6-foot-4, 310 pounder is absolutely massive, and you’d expect him to be a true mauler, with no real technique or control, like most large high school linemen are. However, that isn’t really the case, and that’s what makes him so special.
Despite his frame, Miller has extremely impressive body control, and moves far more quickly than someone his size should be able to. He doesn’t try to do too much on any block, which keeps him from whiffing, and allows him to be more in control of the play, and of his assignments. His blocks are very calculated, and he has the ability to adjust to a defender on the fly.
That’s something that you don’t usually see in high school linemen. It’s easy to see that Miller can read a defense, and knows how to use his body to make the right block, not just the devastating, highlight block. That’s not to say he’s not capable of the latter, and when given free reign— either down the field or on a pull—, Miller can do some serious damage. However, that also comes from his body control and quickness. He has a great first step, and his pull-blocks are extremely clean and effective because of those skills.
His football IQ and ability to adjust makes his an ideal fit for a position that often lacks true talent: center. Ohio State has become comfortable with moving guards, like Pat Elflein and Billy Price, over to center because they have the experience and ability to run it. That won’t be the case with Miller, because unlike Elflein and Price, he’s a true center, and he’ll do his best work in the middle of the line.
Miller is certainly versatile enough to play guard or tackle (he does in high school), but Ohio State likes him as a center, and that’s probably where he’ll play, possibly very early on in his career. That’s a huge deal, because true centers are just so rare. If you can find a good one, you can be set for at least three seasons.”