Landing a commitment from Bassett (VA) offensive lineman/defensive lineman Andrew Miller is a big deal for Virginia Tech. The scholarship strapped Hokies will get a quality recruit – a 6-5, 275-pound lineman who had offers for football-only offers from Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest – and it doesn’t have to use up a scholarship in the 2009 class.
The Group AA heavyweight state champion in wrestling in 2008, Miller, who will sign a letter of intent with Tech’s wrestling program next month, looks forward to the challenge of playing both sports in college even if wrestling is only for one year.
“It definitely was a tough decision, but at Tech I’ll get to do two sports. Plus, there is the Agriculture thing,” Miller said of his decision to sign with Tech for wrestling. After his first year, he will be on scholarship for football for the rest of his college career. “It feels nice to get the opportunity to see what I can do in college in wrestling. I’m excited for both of them. I’m excited to see what I can do.”
Even though the wrestling program is expected to only have Miller for one year, Tech head coach Kevin Dresser will make the most of the situation.
“Coach Dresser has another heavyweight he will sign,” Bassett head football coach James Gilbert said. “What they are going to do is to red-shirt the other heavyweight while Andrew wrestles that first year. Andrew will give Coach Dresser a heavyweight while the other kid red-shirts. Once that first season on wrestling is over, though, then Andrew will be on football’s tab.”
The decision was solidified in the past few weeks, but Coach Gilbert felt that Virginia Tech may have had the edge all along.
“I think with his brother there, Virginia Tech was always kind of on the forefront,” Gilbert said. “All of the Miller kids get along extremely well. His sister, Heather, went with him to Virginia and then to Wake Forest for visits recently. She went there and asked a lot of questions. Sometimes, getting advice from a brother or a sister can be different from what the mom and dad give. I think Heather really opened his eyes to some things and then he decided on Virginia Tech.”
When he hits the gridiron at Virginia Tech, Miller will line up on the offensive side of the ball. He plays offensive guard for Bassett...
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