For the third time in the last three recruiting classes, Clemson has pulled a highly regarded offensive lineman out of the state of Ohio State. Wednesday night OT Blake Miller (6-6 315) of Strongsville announced a commitment to the Tigers. He chose Clemson from a short list that also included Ohio State, Florida, Auburn and Michigan. Miller follows LT Jackson Carman and LG Matt Bockhorst as highly rated Ohio lineman to matriculate to Clemson.
Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell built the recruiting bridge between Pickens County and Strongsville and was a large reason for Miller choosing the Tigers.
“I feel like I have a pretty strong relationship with him,” Miller said earlier this month. “He’s a great person, a great coach and very knowledgeable. He’s been coaching for awhile, and he’s produced plenty of dudes. He really knows his stuff. They play a very physical game, but their game is also very technically sound. I really like that. They just don’t play like they are just out there to hit someone and that’s it. They are surgically moving their feet, using their hands and using phenomenal as well as being hyper-aggressive in the way they play.”
Beyond the Xs and Os of the offensive linemen, Miller said what also stands out to him about Clemson is the kind of program Dabo Swinney has built and the type of people that inhabit it.
“Clemson is definitely a very special program,” Miller said. “They just have a level of care for their players you don’t see a lot of other places. That, to me, is what really makes them stick out. That, also to me, is why I feel they do as consistently do as well as they do. It’s because they care about their players, and they recruit not only on talent, but they recruit good people.”
Miller is rated as a four-star prospect and is ranked the #23 offensive tackle in the 2022 in the 247Sports Composite, and he’s ranked as the #9 prospect in Ohio. He’s Clemson’s first commitment for the 2022 class.