Clemson scored its first commitment for the 2022 class Wednesday night, and it was a big one. Four-star OT Blake Miller (6-6 315) of Strongsville, OH. It was earlier in the month Miller named a top five of Clemson, Ohio State, Florida, Auburn and Michigan. He had visited Clemson twice in the past, including a camp appearance, and had built a strong relationship with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell. So without forewarning anyone outside his family and the Clemson staff, he decided Wednesday night was the right time to make his decision known.
“I was talking to Coach Swinney, and he said something that really stood out to me,” Miller said. “He said, ‘When you know, you know. When you pick a school and you know, you know.’ I released the top schools I was looking at and when I listed everything that I wanted in a school, Clemson came out on top. Clemson has it going on right now. Obviously, they’re definitely a very, very strong program. And then you can tell that they really care about their players. They look at it from a family aspect at Clemson which, to me, is really awesome. The whole town down there eats, breathes, and sleeps college football.”
Miller got the chance to work out for Caldwell and Swinney while camping with the Tigers before his sophomore season. He had taken an unofficial visit the previous year. He looks forward to spending his college career under their direction.
“I love Coach Caldwell. It’s obvious that he knows his stuff,” Miller said. “I watched the game against Georgia Tech and you can tell those guys are well-coached and he really cares about his players. And Coach Swinney is just a genuine, down-to-earth guy. If you sit down to talk to him you really wouldn’t know that he was the head coach of this super successful program. Clemson just has this great culture.”
Miller follows LT Jackson Carman and LG Matt Bockhorst as highly rated Ohio lineman to matriculate to Clemson in recent years. 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.