ASU Recruit Matt Miller

Mountain View high school in Mesa has been a hotbed for ASU recruiting for a while. Standout Basketball players such as Tanner Shell and Kenny Crandall, not to mention All-American tight end Todd Heap, are the latest players to continue the legacy of this high school. Freshman wide receiver Matt Miller's dream was to be the next stellar Mountain View Toro to wear the maroon and gold. This year he begins to fulfill his dream.

"My sister went to ASU." Says Miller "I remember going to games when she was there, and always dreaming being on the field at Sun Devil stadium. I like the Pac-10 conference, and I also wanted to be close to home. I want to major in Finance, and own my business one day. I like the fact that ASU has such a good Business school." Like many of the other local recruits, the wide receiver did commit under former head coach Bruce Snyder. "My coach from high school helped me a lot in my commitment to ASU. I just remembered sitting there at the table with him, my dad, and coach Snyder and committing to ASU the day they offered. I wanted to go to ASU, and the change at the head coach just made me more excited because coach Koetter throws the ball more. I like coach Koetter more than Snyder. It worked out OK for me." As far as any friendly pressure from fellow Mountain View alums to join Arizona State, Miller says: "I play golf with Heap. He didn't recruit me hard, but he gave me good advice. I wish I could play with him this year, but he went to the NFL."

Miller, as well as his fellow teammates, has been attending the grueling off-season workouts conducted by coach Kenn. Despite the demanding drills in triple digit heat, the incoming freshman does see positive results: "We work out pretty hard all summer, and it's great to be in shape in the off-season. I think it will help me a lot when camp starts. I gained about eight pounds of muscle, and I got a little quicker." The more enjoyable workouts for Miller involve all-season surfing: "I go surfing in Mission Beach, California in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I don't think snowboarding will work out this year because of the College Football season (smile)"

Political correctness doesn't always transfer to the Football field, and one stigma that is hard for players and fans to shake is that white wide receivers are known to be the possession receivers, rather than the speedster who will burn a defending cornerback. Shedding that notion was always an enjoyable task for the Mountain View graduate. "Sometimes cornerbacks would look at me and not think I could beat them with my speed. It was fun proving them wrong. I run a 10.6 in the 100 meters and my 40 time is 4.39. These aren't exactly possession receiver stats (smile)." Miller adds, "My strengths are mainly catching the deep ball. I was the deep ball guy in high school. I have good hands too. I really don't concentrate on my weaknesses too much."

Despite his talents, Miller is humble and realistic about his chances of playing in his first year: "The coaches told me to wait and see what happens in camp. But they also said that most freshmen on the team would redshirt. That's fine by me. My intention is to beat out the competition in camp, but I'm not saying I'm better than the other guys. I want to get to that point that I'm known as the fast receiver on the team. We'll see how it goes in camp."

One worn out Football cliché is "Speed Kills." If that notion stays true to form with the Sun Devils wide receivers, Matt Miller could be a new nightmare for any opposing Pac-10 cornerback. His humility and strong work ethic can only help him in his quest for a higher position in the depth chart. Those same characteristics are reminisced of his fellow Mountain View alum Todd Heap, whose legacy will live forever in ASU's Football history. It would be poetic, if in the season following Heap's departure to the NFL, for Matt Miller to become the next Toro to make a significant contribution in the Sun Devils passing attack.

Recruit Profile

Name Matt Miller

High School Mountain View, Mesa, AZ

Position WR

Height 6'3"

Weight 180

Date of Birth 8/30/82

Hometown Scottsdale, AZ

Nickname Miller Time

Favorite TV Show West Wing

Favorite Movie Mission Impossible 2

Favorite Singer Dave Matthews Band

Favorite Food Steak and Potatoes

Favorite Drink PowerAde

Favorite Athlete Jerry Rice

Favorite Pro Team San Francisco 49ers

Person you most admire My dad. He played in the NFL for two years, and has always been the wisdom behind my decisions through the years.

First Football Memory My sophomore year. It was my first year of varsity, and I caught my first touchdown from quarterback John Beck that was a 92-yard pass. I never showboat on the field. I just gave the ball to the referee and jogged back to the field.

One Thing most people don't know about me They see me al tall and skinny, and they don't think I'm that fast.

Why did you choose ASU? It was a dream of mine

Where do you want to be in ten years? If I don't play in the NFL, I want to run my own business. That's why the ASU business school is a good place to go.

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