WADSWORTH — Nick Miller is no stranger to Ohio State.
From running at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to sitting in the stands at Ohio Stadium, Miller has been to Columbus more than a handful of times in his life.
That familiarity helped, as the Wadsworth standout runner announced Tuesday he will continue his track and cross country careers at the school, a surreal feeling for a lifelong Buckeyes fan.
“It’s a dream come true,” Miller said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to run at Ohio State or just do anything at Ohio State. That was my top college as a kid.
“And when I went down there, it just felt like home to me. That’s what sold me on my decision. It felt like home.”
After making his official visit last weekend, Miller ended a process that included trips to the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh, along with fielding offers from North Carolina State and Cincinnati.
Outside of the warm feeling Miller gets every time he steps on the OSU campus, a deeper association helped nudge the reigning Gazette track MVP.
“The connection I had with the team at Ohio State I felt was the strongest out of the three official visits I took,” he said. “I loved everything about the campus, and it just all came together perfectly.”
Miller, who plans on majoring in finance, was strongly considering Michigan because of its nationally-renowned business school, but OSU has a top-25 business school as well, so he was sold.
“It’s just great to get an education from Ohio State,” he said. “In the end, it’s all prestige no matter where the school is ranked.”
While Miller is thrilled to have finished the grueling process, he’s not ready to throw on a different red uniform yet. He has business left to do, as he’s focused on earning All-Ohio honors in cross country and ending his track season this summer at the same stadium he will continue to compete at.
“It’s just a relief,” Miller said. “After this, the only thing I have to deal with is the application process. That will be done soon and, after that, it’s just focusing on the end of cross country and then indoor and outdoor track.”
When Miller does move to Columbus, he’ll be excited to walk around the campus representing the school in the sport he loves.
“When I got on campus, everything felt familiar,” Miller added. “I still feel like I’m in a different place than where I grew up in Wadsworth, but it still felt familiar enough to where it was like, ‘This is where I want to be.’”
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