VINCENT - Look for an improvement in Marietta College's field goal kicking game on the gridiron this upcoming season.
On Wednesday, Warren senior Chas Miller signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and play football at MC. He is planning to major in health science/athletic training.
"I've met and really like the coach; I hope to help change the football culture at Marietta College," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Miller. "Marietta also has a good academics."
RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Warren football player Chas Miller, center (sitting), signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Marietta College at the Warrior gym in Vincent Wednesday. Sitting, left to right, are Warren head football coach Andy Schob, Cole Miller (brother), Charlie Miller (father), Chas, Michelle Miller (mother) and Clay (brother). Standing, left to right, are Charlie Miller (grandfather), Carolyn Miller (grandmother), and Ronald Ollom (grandfather).
Miller said he also considered Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware.
Marietta College is an NCAA Division III school and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). Last season, the Pioneers went winless with an 0-10 overall record.
The 2013 Big Blue squad will be guided by first-year head coach Andrew Waddle.
During the fall of 2012, Miller kicked a school-record 47-yard field goal at Jackson. During his career, he split the uprights seven times from 31-plus yards.
Last season, by comparison, MC's field goal kicker Conor Durina was 4 of 12 from field goal range with his longest being 23 yards.
"Chas was just a great all-around football player," said Warren head football coach Andy Schob. "He could play another position (running back) in college, but he happens to also be a great kicker with a great leg.
"It will be exciting to see how good he can be just focusing on kicking in college."
At Warren, Miller's kickoffs reached the end zone 51 percent of the time. He also had a punting average of nearly 40 yards per kick.
"Chas changed field position with his kicking and punting, and was a threat to score as soon as our team crossed the 40 yard line," Schob said.
After the 2012 football campaign, Miller was honored as a third team All-Ohio Division II kicker, a first team All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) pick, and an All-District selection.
"Chas was a relentless worker who made himself the outstanding player he was," Schob said. "But even more important was the leadership he demonstrated that pushed others to follow his example.
"He was successful never leaving the field on offense, defense, and all special teams."
Miller was also one of two Warriors to earn All-Academic Ohio honors. In the classroom, he owns a 3.86 GPA.
On June 7 at Don Drumm Stadium (Marietta College's home football field), Miller is scheduled to compete for the Ohio stars in the annual Battle Against Cystics Fibrosis (BACF) Football Classic.
Miller will be one of possibly five former Warren football players competing at the collegiate level next season. Grant Venham and Dylan Leffingwell are on the Ohio University roster, while Andrew Vincent and Jeremy Fivecoait are expected to play for Ohio Northern University and Muskingum University, respectively.
"The most important aspect about Chas is his character," Schob said. "He could always be counted on to do the right things, and represent himself, program, and community, in a positive way."
Miller is the son of Charlie and Michelle Miller. He has two younger brothers - Cole and Clay.