Long-awaited day finally comes for CCC's Logan Miller
For the past three years, Clearwater Central Catholic’s Logan Miller sat in the school’s auditorium on national signing day, watching teammates turn their oral commitments into binding ones with colleges.
On Wednesday, it was Miller’s turn.
The defensive lineman had a hard time containing his excitement.
“I didn’t sleep much,” Miller said. “I was up at 4:30 a.m. I faxed my letter of intent by 7:30 a.m.”
Miller, who signed with Western Illinois, was one of four athletes present for the ceremony. The others were linebacker John Chiaramonte (Air Force) and two soccer standouts, Kevin Harris (Spartanburg Methodist College) and Abby Harkin (Assumption).
CCC offensive lineman Adam Samee signed with Richmond but was unable to attend.
“It was just a mixture of nervousness and excitement because I’ve working the last four years for this,” Miller said. “This is probably the most stressful thing I’ve been through, deciding on a college. Days like this make everything worth it knowing everything you did for the last four years paid off.
“A lot of the kids I played with the last four years are sitting here in the crowd. But John and I had the opportunity to sign. It’s something special.”
Miller said he still needs to boost his GPA but he will be able to do that this semester.
“I’ll be ready for the fall,” he said.
Chiaramonte decided on Air Force because of his military background. His father and grandfather both served in the armed forces. So, too, did four of his uncles
“It’s going to be a true honor to serve my country and play for the Academy,” Chiaramonte said. “I’ve wanted to pursue the military lifestyle since my childhood.”
Chiaramonte is waiting on a test score to see if he’ll be accepted into the academy or have to attend prep school.
Chiaramonte and Miller helped the Marauders reach the state semifinals for the fourth straight season.
“It’s amazing and a true honor to come and play for coach (John) Davis and coach (Chris) Harvey,” Chiaramonte said.