Greydon Miller can suddenly relate to travelers re-routed or stranded at an airport due to an airline over-booking a flight.
Miller’s college career at Lindenwood is over before it could ever get started. The Ozark grad committed to play for the Lions last winter, but found himself looking for a new home late this spring.
Miller is now due to play for Drury.
“With their whole transition to (NCAA) D-I, they have to have a roster limit at 35 players and they’ve got 60 guys now,” Miller said of Lindenwood. “So, about half the team was going to be cut. I decided I didn’t want to mess with that.”
Miller opened up his recruiting all over again. He wasn’t recruited by Drury prior to his senior season at Ozark, but the Panthers were quick to show interest this time around.
“I started reaching out. I got some e-mails sent out to coaches and (Drury coach Scott Nasby) got back to me,” Miller said. “The opportunity to be close to home came up. I decided to take it.”
Miller is optimistic things will prove to work out for the best for him.
“I’m really excited about Drury,” he said. “I’ve already had the opportunity to meet some of my future teammates while working at a kids camp at there. I’m still able to get away from home, but it’s not too far.”
Miller plans to stay put with the Panthers.
“The Lindenwood coach mentioned juco ball to me,” he said. “But I want to go to a four-year (school) and stay there all the way until the end.”
Miller concluded his Ozark career this year with a .342 batting average, two home runs, 21 RBIs and a .459 on-base percentage.
The right fielder is playing for Victus in the Show-Me Collegiate League this summer. He’s also filled in for the Ozark Wild while playing alongside his brother, Holden.
Miller is valuing the chance to face pitchers who already have begun their college careers.
“There are some dudes out here who can really throw it. It’s challenging,” he said. “I like the challenge and competitiveness. It’s getting me more prepared for college ball.”
With a lean 6-foot-5 frame and boasting athleticism, Miller fits the prototype coaches at the next level crave. He’s intrigued to tap further into his potential.
“I think not playing basketball anymore and focusing on baseball the whole year-round will help me improve,” Miller said.
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