Steve Miller talks ASU offer

Many programs across the country have been showing interest in Steve Miller, yet it was the hometown school that was the first offer the Gilbert (Ariz.) High School offensive lineman during following the Sun Devils' Junior Day event. Devils Digest caught up with Miller to discuss his recruitment with ASU.

"I really enjoyed my junior day at Arizona State, but I was expecting to get an offer a few days later like I did," Miller said. "They have been recruiting me for a year now and I have been talking to Coach Long and Coach Thomsen. I really like their offense. They are explosive and like to score. Their offensive line is quick and gets off the ball fast, and that's pretty cool.

"The Junior Day wasn't my first time on campus, but it was the first spending a lot of time with the coaches. We toured all the facilities like the locker room and the Dickey Dome, saw the plans for the new stadium. Part of the visit was being in a player-panel where there were no coaches in the room and they were talking about the program. They said that when you go to ASU you are set to win and be successful and that the only thing keeping you from being successful was yourself and what you decide to do once you get to ASU. The coaches letting the players talk without them being there shows how real the program is because they have nothing to hide."

The 6-4 283-pound Steve Miller was named 2nd team all-section last year playing left tackle for the Tigers. He said that Arizona State's offensive line coach, Chris Thomsen, thought his skills at offensive guard were certainly at a Pac-12 level.

"Coach told me that I was everything they were looking at guard," Miller commented. "He liked my explosiveness and was excited to see how quick I could be in this fast paced offense. He also liked how much I developed from last year. We didn't really talk about if they wanted me to play guard or tackle.

"I know I need to keep on working on my footwork and get faster off the ball. If I get stronger I know I can be more explosive off the ball. I think I'm good at pass blocking and pulling."

Arizona State marks Miller's first offer, and the lineman added that schools such as Oklahoma State, Arizona, BYU, Colorado and San Diego State have all been showing interest. Miller sated that the fact that his position coach last year, Bob Connolly, is now coaching for the Cowboys doesn't make Oklahoma State an early favorite for him since he wants to learn more about that program.

"It would be awesome to play close to home and have your family support you," Miller admitted, "and Arizona State is a great program. But I haven't really thought about if I want to stay home for college or not."

Colorado (April) and BYU (June) are the only schools to date that Miller plans to unofficially visit in the upcoming months. The lineman noted that he wasn't planning to decide later than August.

"I want to make a decision before the beginning of this season," Miller said. "When I make my decision I'm going to look at the coaches and the players at the school because those are the people I will be around for four, five years. So that's the biggest thing I will be looking at."

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