Harry Miller, a 4-star center from Buford, Ga., has committed to Ohio State over Stanford, Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame, among other offers. Miller is ranked as the No. 36 overall prospect in the 2019 class and No. 2 center nationally by the 247Sports composite rankings. He checks in at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds and committed to the Buckeyes during a weekend unofficial visit to campus that began on Friday.
Miller is the third offensive lineman to commit to Ohio State in the 2019 class, joining fellow 4-star prospects Doug Nester (No. 57 overall, No. 10 tackle) and Ryan Jacoby (No. 282 overall, No. 31 tackle) in what will be a banner year for Buckeyes recruits on the offensive line.
What Harry Miller’s commitment means on the field
Ohio State is landing one of the best interior offensive linemen in the country and filling a position of need by landing Miller. A remarkably cerebral player, Miller checks many of the boxes you want from center recruits.
Whether it’s redshirt senior Brady Taylor starting at center for the Buckeyes this season or another veteran of the team, Miller will have a chance to play early if he can adapt to the offense and line calls quickly enough. Pat Elflein and Billy Price were back-to-back Rimington Trophy winners at center for this program, so expectations are high at the position.
Miller plays all across the line for Buford, and his versatility and adaptability are major parts of his appeal. There aren’t any major holes in Miller’s game that need addressing. It will just be a matter of specializing, getting into the Ohio State program and finding his role.
He’s light on his feet and shows an ability to move well in space and square his shoulders to defenders in the second level. The ability to run and maintain balance and power is difficult for a player of his size, but Miller does well on pull blocks and 1-on-1 situations.
What Harry Miller’s commitment means in recruiting
Miller’s commitment moves Ohio State’s recruiting class to the No. 5 spot nationally, way up from the previous ranking at No. 13. The Buckeyes trail only Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and South Carolina, each of whom have at least 13 commits. With just 10 players in the class, Ohio State would be hard-pressed to rank any higher than it currently is. The Ohio State class also now ranks No. 3 in average player ranking, trailing only Georgia and Alabama.
Landing a center was a priority for the Ohio State coaching staff in the 2019 class, and Miller fills that role. Players such as Zeke Correll and Nolan Rumler (a Michigan commit) were also pursued by the Buckeyes to become centers, but it feels unlikely that either player will now join. Ohio State will take a robust offensive line class with at least two, and likely three, more commitments to come, but offensive line coach Greg Studrawa will focus primarily on tackles now.
A few of the key names to watch are 5-star prospects Devontae Dobbs and Darnell Wright and other recruits such as Jonathan Allen, Trevor Keegan, Xavier Truss and Walter Rouse. Ohio State should have one of the best offensive line groups in the country.
Miller’s decision came down to a battle between Ohio State and Stanford, and I don’t know that it was all that close. The mix of academics, career preparation, family environment and football excellence at Ohio State were too much to turn down. Landing one of the top recruits in the country and stealing him out of Georgia is a major accomplishment for Urban Meyer and his staff.