Bassett (VA) offensive lineman Andrew Miller has enjoyed an outstanding past few weeks, receiving his first Division 1A football scholarship offer and then winning the Group AA state championship in the 285-pound division in wrestling. Bassett varsity football head coach James Gilbert sees more success in the future for his talented junior.
“He actually has been offered by UVa,” Gilbert said. “Now that that is out there, I’m sure he’ll get more. He has a direct line in with Virginia Tech because that is where his brother wrestles. Andrew is a good wrestler, also. N.C. State and Wake Forest are also interested. He has been to Wake’s camp each of the past few summers. A lot of ACC schools are in the picture.”
The Miller family certainly boasts an athletic pedigree. Andrew’s oldest brother, John, played football at Duke. Older brother Tim is a sophomore on Virginia Tech’s wrestling team and sister Heather played basketball at Wake Forest. All three siblings went to college on athletic scholarship.
Miller could have his choice of sports to play on the next level, but for now Coach Gilbert feels football will ultimately win out.
“If he has to choose, I think football would be his choice. That’s what Andrew has told me. I’ve asked his father about it and he says football is what Andrew says at home, too,” Gilbert said of Miller, who went undefeated in wrestling this season.
As a junior last season, the Bassett star played on both sides of the ball. Miller, who measures 6-5 and played at 265 pounds last season, played very well on defense, tallying 52 solo tackles and three sacks. However, offense line appears to be his future.
“I think most coaches want him as a guard because he is an exceptionally good offensive lineman,” Gilbert said. “He does good things on the defensive line, too, but I think he will be an offensive lineman in college. He is smart, so you only have to teach him the blocking schemes once. He is also smart enough to know to keep his hands inside.”
The University of Virginia, led by primary recruiter Dave Borbely, offered Miller right around its February 24th junior day. Miller had been to UVa’s offensive lineman camp last summer, but that Sunday was the first time he had a chance to tour campus and facilities.
“He loved it,” Gilbert said...
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