2011 will be a particularly special for Ohio high school football because of the incredibly high quantity of talented seniors moving on to play D-1 football.
But one player stands above the rest: QB Braxton Miller of Huber Heights Wayne High School near Dayton.
Miller is the consensus No. 1 player in Ohio and a top-five recruit according to most recruiting sites.
In addition, Miller may be the best dual-threat QB to come out of Ohio in some time.
He started at Wayne his freshman season and instantly became a stud at the top level of Ohio high school football, something rarely seen with the type of talent the Buckeye state has to offer.
Miller stands at 6'2'' and under 200 lbs, yet already has clocked a sub-4.5 second time in the 40-yard dash. Needless to say, these are great numbers for a high school junior.
He already has offers from many of the top schools, including Florida and USC.
But some experts feel one school needs him more than the others, and that is of the local Buckeyes.
Huber Heights is about a 40 minute drive from Columbus, so Miller is very aware of Ohio State and has been recruited for some time.
Even more pivotal is the friendship Miller has with Springfield (Ohio) OLB Trey DePriest, another five-star player according to scout.com.
One has to believe that if Miller commits early enough to OSU, DePriest will follow suit soon even though he has great interest in Alabama and Michigan as well.
Miller has the potential to be a program changer, like Tim Tebow at Florida, and potentially Terrelle Pryor at OSU.
And most feel that if he commits early, OSU will benefit from a domino effect of recruits just as Buckeye fans saw with C Mike Brewster in 2008 and Florida had with DE Ronald Powell in 2010.
The trend mentioned above is the way in which recruiting is changing in recent years, with players helping the coaches bring big classes.
With Ohio being especially fertile with top talent, it will be more important than ever for Jim Tressel to lock up the borders as tightly as possible.
Obviously, he will not be able to get every player he is pursuing and he is working to get out-of-state talent as he usually does.
But in this instance, there are multiple reasons for Tressel to make Braxton his top priority.
It is not just essential to get the top guy, but also to potentially land some other big fish in the process.
The worry for Buckeye fans is that the longer Miller goes without committing, the less chance they feel they have at him because Tressel is not a hard-sell, take-it-or-leave-it type of recruiter.
Miller should be at OSU for the Spring Game on April 24 along with many other of OSU's top targets for the class of 2011.
An early commit is very unlikely, but it could set the stage for a recruiting class that trumps the 2008 class that featured Brewster, Pryor, and WR DeVier Posey among other stars.
But the key for a great 2011 class for Ohio State is to lock up their borders and make it tough for other schools to pry talent away.
That starts and ends at the top, and Braxton Miller to Ohio State is one of the only ways that the Buckeyes can have a successful class.
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