Nine months ago, Charlie Miller was just a basketball player. Well, he wasn't just a basketball player. Averaging 20 PTS, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per contest from his point guard position, he was the Vero Beach High School's very best player. With his 40" vertical leap, the 5'11, 185 lb. Miller could dunk with authority, and with 4.4 speed in the 40, he was always the fastest player on the court.
When the high school's new football coach, Lenny Jankowski, got a look at him in the middle of basketball season, all he could see was the next great Vero Beach High School Football prospect. Three games into the regular season, it appears Jankowski was right.
Miller has 351 yards receiving and two TDs so far on just 12 catches, as well as a 55-yard PR TD. Jankowski, an old friend of Coach Bielema, put the Badgers on notice after coaching Miller through the spring and through summer 7-on-7 games against Palm Beach Dwyer, Fort Pierce Central and other state-ranked Florida programs.
"I got on the phone with Coach Bielema and told him he needed to take a look at Charlie," Jankowski said. "Coach told me he just had the top receiver on his board into Madison for a visit and I stopped him. I told him that I wasn't sure who was the top receiver on his board, but I knew Charlie was better."
Wisconsin saw Miller's film and invited him up for a visit immediately. Apparently Bielema sees some Lee Evans in the young receiver.