Virginia Tech has had to get creative with its scholarship use in this 2009 class and the staff really earned creativity points in the situation with Bassett (VA) offensive lineman Andrew Miller . The 6-5, 275-pound senior, a standout wrestler as well, will be on a wrestling scholarship his first year at Virginia Tech and will then switch to football for the rest of his college career.
Miller did not sign a letter of intent in July with Tech wrestling as previously planned, but Bassett head coach James Gilbert says the plan remains the same.
“I don’t think he actually signed the paper, but he is one hundred percent sure of what he is going to do,” Gilbert said of Miller, who chose Virginia Tech over football-only offers from Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest.
“His brother (Tim, who is on a wrestling scholarship at Virginia Tech) and the connections with Tech had the final impact, I think. He and his brother were pretty tight growing up.”
TSL’s 18th-ranked player in the state of Virginia, Miller is a terrific get for Virginia Tech.
“Virginia Tech had some issues in recruiting linemen in ’09, so they got in with the wrestling team and said let’s get this done,” Gilbert said. “They knew they would probably red-shirt him anyway and this helps them in the scholarship realm. I think this is a great thing for Tech.”
Miller has made an impact for the Bassett program since his freshman year.
“Andrew is Andrew,” Gilbert said. “He has kind of been steady all four years. He is a hard worker. [Last night] he had a full fledged workout after practice. Andrew is a very big competitor as far as wanting to win. He showed leadership skills [yesterday]. He got up in front of the group and said we need to turn things around. We need that. This is the first time we have lost two straight game since we were consolidated and Andrew stepped up in the leadership role.”
A two-way standout, Miller has tallied 36 solo tackles and 23 assists in helping Bassett to a 4-2 record this season. He leads the team in tackles and has also tallied 11 tackles-for-loss (at Bassett, a tackle-for-loss is a tackle at least three yards behind the line of scrimmage).
“He holds his own pretty good as a defensive lineman,” Gilbert said....
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