Introducing the 2003 Class – Brent Miller

In the various recruit databases, there always seems to be one position that stands out above the rest – Athlete. Players in this category are ones that usually played two positions in high school. Brent Miller was recruited by ASU as an athlete, but unlike others in his category he played much more than a couple of positions. On the eve of the 2003 pre-season the all-around athlete sat down with DevilsDigest to talk about his recruitment and expectations for the upcoming year.

The multi-talented Desert Vista graduate played linebacker, quarterback, fullback, tight end, wide receiver and even served as a return specialist. Even though he was the recipient of the Larry Gordon Award, presented by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine to the state's top linebacker, he was rated as the No. 10 defensive end in the West by "It (playing multiple positions) did come pretty easy for me." Says Miller, "I've been playing football since I was six years old, and I played every position and was very familiar with each of them. Wherever you put me, I was gonna do my best."

During the first four games of his junior year he lined up at quarterback. After his school was going through an early season slump, he relinquished the reins of the offense and went to play in the defensive backfield. We asked him if he has any regrets of not pursuing a career path as a signal caller. "At first I did have aspirations of playing quarterback. After a couple of losses, the coaches brought in a new quarterback, and we started winning with him. At first I wanted my position back, but I had fun playing other positions that aren't as nerve racking." The incoming ASU freshman is also an accomplished high jumper who's career best, 6-6, was good enough to set a school record. All of Miller's athletic accomplishments were achieved while he was boasting a near perfect 3.9 grade-point average.

The Arizona Republic's 5A first-team All-Arizona selection played mainly linebacker and tight end in his senior year. The later position is the one that schools were recruiting him at, but the Sun Devils chose a slightly different tactic. "ASU took the approach that they're recruiting me as an athlete, and said they will find out later what position I will play. After my senior season they told me that they had to put something down on the roster for my position. They told me I could play any position I wanted to, until they feel it's necessary to move me. But they also told me that they thought the best position for me would be tight end. So I told them I would play there…I didn't have a preference, but I'm partial to offense. So I guess tight end was the only position left for me to play."

The hometown school was one of the first ones to pursue Miller, and the tight end's exposure to the program resulted in an early commitment. "I've always been an ASU fan. I've been getting letters from ASU since my junior season. I remember the coaches coming out to my spring practice, and telling my coaches that they wanted me to go down to the campus and meet with Coach Koetter. When I met him for the first time he said that he wanted me to come to the team camp and said ‘if you're as good as we think you are we're gonna offer you.' I was flattered and maybe a little surprised."

The rest as they say is history. "At that time I only had a few calls from some teams, but no one was that interested or even offered me. Within the same week ASU offered, Washington, Oregon State, and U of A also offered…when ASU gave me their pitch they did a good job explaining everything to me. I loved the facilities, and I enjoyed meeting the coaches. It was pretty easy for me to make that choice. When the other schools offered, I knew that I didn't want to even deal with that. I wanted to commit right away and not mislead the other colleges. I knew I wanted to go to ASU…when ASU offered me during camp, I waited a week and then accepted the offer."

An early verbal commitment usually translates into a worry free season, but Miller said that a few apprehensions did linger in the beginning. "I think committing early helped me with my senior season. I didn't have to worry about impressing coaches that came out to see me. I could just relax and play my game…but when I did commit ASU wasn't looked on too good. I was crossing my fingers that things would pick up a little bit (smile). So I think it's great that there's a lot of excitement now around the team."

Like many of his fellow newcomers, the tight end participated in the team's off-season conditioning program. Miller says that after a rough start, the drills did become somewhat easier. "It was a shock at first. It's much harder than high school. The first week you get out there, it's definitely another level (smile). We had a ton of running. But you just get used to it." He believes that the off-season program has adequately prepared him for the physical demands of the season. Now, all is left is to impress the coaches during the upcoming team practices, and possibly avoid the redshirt tag. "All the coaches told me it (not redshirting) all depends on what happens in camp. I think I have a good a chance like the other guys to play. Some of them are pretty inexperienced just like me."

During the off-season workouts, Miller couldn't help but come away impressed with the leadership exhibited by his team's upperclassmen. "The seniors are telling guys that this year is different because we're all united towards one goal. One of our chants is One Team One Goal . The seniors are keeping everyone on track. If guys are missing, they're telling us to call them up and see what's going on. That talk shows you how much everyone cares for each other and is motivated for this year." At last the off-season is coming to an end, and a season of endless possibilities awaits both the eager Brent Miller and the Sun Devils in 2003.

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Recruit Profile


Brent Miller

High School

Desert Vista (Phoenix, AZ)







Date of Birth



Phoenix, AZ


"Never got one"

Favorite TV Show

"Monday Night Countdown"

Favorite Movie

"Dumb and Dummer"

Favorite Singer

"Britney Spears (smile)"

Favorite Food

"Philly Cheese Steak"

Favorite Drink


Favorite Athlete

"John Elway"

Favorite Pro Team

"Arizona Cardinals"

Person you most admire

"My dad. He started his own business (as a clothing manufacturer and retailer) from the ground up."

First Football Memory

"Playing Pop Warner when I was six. My dad was the coach, and I played quarterback. I had a good rookie season (smile)."

One Thing most people don't know about me

"I'm 6-5 230 and I high jumped in high school. My best finish was sixth in the state. Guys that high jumped aren't usually big as I am. When people saw me, they thought I was the shot put thrower."

Why did you choose ASU?

"I was born and raised here, and I grew up a Devils fan."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"I would love to playing in the NFL. If that doesn't work out I'd like to go into business."

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