Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Over His Head? Big Ten feature on Captain Justin Miller

By Larry Watts

Justin Miller was told he was getting in over his head -- by his grandfather no less.

Coming out of Turner Ashby High School, which has an enrollment of 1,100 students in Bridgewater, Va., Miller was examining his baseball opportunities. The standout catcher had an offer from St. Joseph's University, a small Division I school in Philadelphia, and several offers from Division III schools. He was also in talks with Virginia Tech, but no scholarship had formally been given.

Then along came Ohio State at the last minute. He took a visit, fell in love with the school and signed up to become a Buckeye.

"Our pitching coach, Eric Parker, was going into his first season at Ohio State and he was from Harrisonburg, Va., so I guess that's how they heard about me," Miller says. "He told (head) coach (Bob) Todd and they followed up on it. There is nothing wrong with playing Division III ball, but I really wanted a shot at Division I."

Full Miller Article

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