TORRINGTON – Torrington High School seniors Chase Miller and Kieser Wolfe signed their National Letter of Intent Wednesday afternoon to Dickinson State in North Dakota.
Both were three-year starters for the Blazers, and both went on official visits to DSU at the same time. They also plan on being roommates once they get to North Dakota.
During his time as a Blazer, Miller was 14-of-18 (77.8%) in his field goal attempts with a career long of 41 yards and was 76-of-82 (92.6%) kicking extra points, along with hauling in passes as a receiver for the Blazers.
Miller loves to kick but said it was a hard decision to pick between football and soccer.
“It was a hard decision because I’ve played soccer for so long. It’s definitely a sport I loved growing up, but the opportunity to play college football arose a little faster and is a little easier than playing college soccer for me.”
The Blue Hawk coaches told Miller he would have an opportunity to play right away as a freshman.
“I’m really excited. The coaching staff is amazing,” he said. “They are all super nice and super welcoming.”
Miller plans to major in psychology with hopes of becoming a therapist in the future.
Meanwhile, Wolfe hauled in 102 catches for 1,505 yards and 20 touchdowns and will continue to be a receiver for the Blue Hawks.
“I went up with Chase, and we both had official visits,” Wolfe said. “I really like the atmosphere and the coaches. I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to play football at the next level.”
Wolfe, like Miller, is a multi-sport athlete who had to choose between soccer and basketball.
“I would have liked to play basketball in college, but I just didn’t have that opportunity.”
Wolfe didn’t want to waste the opportunity and decided to take it at DSU and being able to do it with Miller calmed any fears about going off to college.
“My biggest fear was going to college without someone I know and having Chase commit with me is icing on the cake,” Wolfe said.
He also plans to study psychology.
Miller and Wolfe will join a team who went 9-1 a year ago, suffering their only loss of the season in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs. Dickinson State has made the NAIA playoffs for six consecutive years.
The duo went a combined 26-13 in their four years at Torrington and played in two state championship games.
“I’m very excited for these two. I know they have the tangibles to go on to the next level. I’m just excited to see what they can do,” THS coach Russell Stienmetz said. “They started for us as sophomores when we were in 3A. We knew down the road it would pay off for us.”
Stienmetz attributed the recruiting of coach Derick VandeBossche for the continued strong connection between THS and DSU.
Miller and Wolfe will join former Blazers Brandon Bennick and Scotty Woodruff at DSU next fall.
“It’s a great connection,” he said. “It’ll be great to see four kids up there at Dickinson State.”