January 14, 2004
Colquitt-- Miller County senior Brandon Miller is a very popular guy these days. "Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Auburn, Alabama," Miller said.
And that's only the tip of the iceberg, the list of schools that have offered Miller a full scholarship to play football next season goes on and on. The letters pour in on a daily basis, coaches constantly stop by to give their sales pitch and then there's the incessant phone calls.
"I have to do my homework so I don't even try to answer it (the phone), I just tell my mom not to answer it. But it rings like twenty times a night probably."
Being ranked one of the best high school players in the country can be stressful, but the two-way star is taking it all in stride. "Right now it's getting kind of hectic, but it's still okay though," Miller said.
"I think he's done extremely well. He was very focused during the season. I know there were several times when possibly he could have taken a few visits, but he was very concentrated on the team," Miller County head coach Ronnie McNease said.
This isn't the first time Miller County has become a regular stop on the college recruiting trail. Four years ago, Charles Grant, who now is a standout defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, was a highly touted athlete that like Miller could do it all for the Pirates.
"I didn't really know him until I was in the 8th or 9th grade when I saw him play, but yeah that's who I wanted to be, just like him," Miller added.
"I've seen him play one or two times. He's an all around football player. Whatever school gets him I know they're going to do a good job with him. He's going to be a great athlete and some day he'll be in the position that I'm in," Grant said.
In the end, Grant chose Georgia, but that doesn't mean he's persuading Miller to do the same. "I aint pushing nothing on him. This is a decision that he has to live with for the rest of his life. This is where he has to start being a grown man. Because when he goes to school, mom and dad won't be there to tell him to wake up and do this, he's got to do that on his own."
And Miller says, when the stress of trying to decide which school to pick gets to be too much he remembers a piece of advice Grant once told him.
"The only thing he always tells me is to keep God first and talk to my mother to see what she thinks," Miller said.
And the rest as they say will take care of itself.
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