Did you want grad transfer OLs with multiple years to play? Yes, you did. Or at least you should have. If you didn’t, you’re crazy.
Enter Grant Miller, the former Vanderbilt center that started all nine games for the Commodores this season and announced his intention to transfer after Derek Mason (former Vandy HC, not Auburn DC) was fired. He was apparently pursued by schools like Florida State, BYU, and others, and I bolded BYU there because the trail leading him to Baylor plays out nicely in that we just hired BYU’s OC and OL coach as our own. It appears those moves are paying off already with Miller’s commitment on SicEm365 Radio today, which he subsequently tweeted, as well.
Miller, who is listed at 6-4, 297 pounds, could not fit more nicely into what Baylor needs going into next year. Junior Jason Moore started 8 games for the Baylor at center this past year but has retired due to medical reasons, leaving a gaping hole in our offensive line that Miller would seem to fill. Bringing him in means that we don’t have to try Xavier Newman-Johnson, who is coming back, at that spot and can keep him at his more natural guard position, and it gives much-needed depth and experience.
I expect that Baylor will continue to be active in the transfer and JUCO markets going forward, particularly on the offensive line. We need at least one more tackle given that Blake Bedier is rumored to be retiring from football, although that is not confirmed at this time, and possibly a guard with Jake Burton’s decision to leave for the NFL. Really, we just need as many good, or even decent OL as we can possibly find wherever we can find them.
Welcome to Baylor, Grant!