2025 Wide Receiver Commit Bodpegn Miller Says “Tradition, Culture and People” at Ohio State Led to Commitment

By Garrick Hodge on June 27, 2024 at 8:35 am
Bodpegn Miller

June 18 is a day Ohio 2025 wideout Bodpegn Miller won’t forget any time soon.

The three-star prospect impressed Brian Hartline enough for the second time in a week-long span and earned an Ohio State offer, the opportunity he has coveted ever since he first caught a football. 

Along with offensive lineman Jake Cook, Miller is one of the best feel-good stories of the Buckeyes’ 2025 class. He’s only played wide receiver for four months after converting from quarterback, yet still had raw tools undeniable enough to earn an offer from one of the most prestigious programs in college football, especially after running a 4.44-second 40-yard dash. 

After picking up the offer, Miller said he didn’t want to rush and make a decision. He planned on taking an official visit to Boston College last weekend to continue his recruiting process. But after a couple of days, he realized that wasn’t really necessary. He knew where he wanted to play. 

“They really have a great group of guys on the staff. Their tradition, culture and people, everything about it makes it a special place,” Miller told Eleven Warriors of Ohio State. “It’s also been my dream school since I was about 6 years old. Ever since I picked up a football, I grew up a Buckeye fan. I’ve been looking for this one for a while now.” 

Three days after picking up his offer, Miller called Hartline and told him he was committing to the Buckeyes. A few hours later, the decision became public knowledge. 

“He said he was pumped,” Miller said of Hartline’s reaction following his commitment. “He also blurted out ‘That was quick.’ He was very happy and told everyone the news.” 

There was some speculation Miller might take his official visit to OSU last weekend after joining the class, but after he was already on campus twice within seven days, Miller opted to delay the trip until the fall. Even though he only took three days to commit to the Buckeyes, Miller did enough research beforehand to feel comfortable pulling the trigger.

“When I went on my unofficial visits and just from talking to people, it just all really confirmed that I really wanted to be there,” Miller said. 

Once Miller committed, five-star OSU 2025 quarterback commit Tavien St. Clair immediately reached out to him and congratulated him on joining the class. St. Clair and Miller have known each other for a while and have thrown together over the spring and winter. Miller is looking forward to being on the receiving end of St. Clair’s passes in college.

“It feels amazing because one of the things about being a receiver is relying on your quarterback getting the ball to you,” Miller said. “I have full trust in him so it’s nice knowing I won’t have to worry about that.” 

Miller hasn’t reached out to any particular recruit to help peer recruit them into OSU’s class as of yet, but he (like many OSU fans) is hoping the Buckeyes can add more firepower to their offensive and defensive trenches. 

“I’ve seen a couple of comments where they’re calling the class an elite seven-on-seven class, so we’re going to be working on that,” Miller said.

The past five days have been a whirlwind for the 6-foot-4, 180-pound product, with virtually everyone in his circle celebrating his journey to Ohio State and blowing up his phone with congratulatory messages.

“That’s kind of when it all hit for me,” Miller said. “When everyone is telling me congratulations, I just kept thinking ‘Man, I’m really going to be a Buckeye.’ I’ve had a lot of people in town congratulate me and it’s just been a great, fun experience.” 

Miller will likely be an X receiver for OSU, and though he will still play quarterback for Ontario High School for the majority of his senior season, he’s determined to keep improving as a receiver before he steps foot on campus.

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