Trent miller was always a great prep player, that is until he came to IMG Academy Madden Football Camp and worked with Chris Weinke. Weinke saw something in Miller and from then on he embraced football. He has since moved to Florida with his mother and transferred down to Palmetto high to play quarterback. He has filled the missing gap on the team and his coaches are glad he switched.
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Last year, the Tigers didn't have a guy like Miller. They used Melvin Burston and Cory Crawford, neither one the true quarterback Marino sought.
Miller, meanwhile, led Williamsville to its first playoff appearance in 13 years. And that happened following tutelage at the IMG Academy football program Football Academy under camp director Chris Weinke.
An avid prep catcher, Miller had attended IMG's baseball camp since the seventh grade. But prior to his junior season, he participated in its football equivalent, where he impressed the former Heisman Trophy winner.
"He told me he thought I had Div. I potential," Miller said. "I just kind of fell in love with football after that.''
It made sense. Miller's father had walked onto the Harvard football team and played fullback. The plan called for Miller and his family to move to the Bradenton area and capitalize on its proximity to IMG.
But his father landed a superintendent of schools position outside New York City. He was forced to stay behind while Trent and his mother moved into an apartment near Palmetto High.
"It's definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done,'' he said. "But the people I've met and the community and the church, just everything about this place has just been amazing.
"It was definitely a big culture change. But the people down here, they may not have everything we had up in New York, but the way they care ... it's really just one huge family.''