Miller eyeing a summer decision

There's no question that Steve Miller has attracted a lot of recruiting attention in just the last two months, creating a good list of suitors for his services. What remains to be seen is how long from now will the Gilbert (Ariz.) High School offensive lineman end his recruiting and which school he will choose. Devils Digest caught up with Miller to get the latest on his recruitment.

"Recruiting has been a fun and interesting experience, having a lot of colleges come out to your school to watch your spring practice," Miller said. "It does add pressure on you to do well and this time last year I didn't think that I would get this much attention this year. But it's also been fun and I'm just taking it all in."

Arizona State was the first school to offer the 6-4 283-pound Steve Miller. Arizona, Boise State, BYU, Colorado, San Diego State, Utah and Washington have all offered as well. Oklahoma State and Oregon are some of the schools that have been tracking him and there is a chance he could get a scholarship from one of those schools, or both, by the end of the month.

"All the coaches I talk to say that they like my speed and flexibility," Miller noted. "I'm getting recruited by a lot of Pac-12 schools that say I fit the schemes there with my quickness and agility. I feel that I have good technique and that I need to work on my strength because I was injured my sophomore year and didn't play, so I need to continue work on that."

The lineman reported weight room marks of 280 lbs. bench press, 385 lbs. squatting and 265 lbs. power clean.

Being a local prospect, Miller has visited the Sun Devils' spring practice on a handful of occasions and said the proximity factor has been appealing.

"It's great that it's so close because if I have any questions I can just drive 10 minutes down there," Miller remarked. "They can show me (in-person) anything that I'd like to see. It's a big school with a great environment. They have academics and a lot of their colleges are Top 10 in the country.

"(ASU's offensive line) Coach Thomsen is recruiting me and always tells me how much they want me there. He likes me at tackle and I don't have a preference if it's right or left tackle. I really like their up tempo system. We talked after the NFL draft and he told me that in a few years he could see me being selected there coming out of ASU and that made an impact."

Miller said that he expects to attend Washington's camp, as well as possibly check out some other West Coast schools such as Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, and USC.

"I haven't really thought about if I want to play close to home or not," Miller said. "Right now I'm keeping all my options open. I'm definitely looking for a school that is good academically because at some point you will stop playing football and that is when your education comes in. I'm looking for a football program that will have my back and support me in everything that I do.

"Those are some of the things I'm thinking about when it comes to my decision, and I will make my decision in July after I visit those West Coast schools."

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