‘Montana Feel' at ASU intrigues Miller

The state of Montana isn't considered as a recruiting territory that usually produces a lot of Division I talent, but the Sun Devils have been pleased with the two players they already landed from the Big Sky state in the last couple of years. Helena Capital's Matt Miller could make it a trifecta of Montana players in Tempe, and the competition for his services is already formidable.

The 6-4 210 Matt Miller was offered by Arizona State a couple of months ago and he is being recruited by the Devils' recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick. Boise State, Stanford, Washington State, Colorado State, as well as some Ivy League schools have already offered as well.

"I really like what Arizona State has to offer," Miller commented. "They have good coaches, and I really look forward to going down there to visit and get a feel for it. I followed them a little last season and they have two Montana guys on the team that I know, Matt Hustad and Brock Osweiler. Coach Lubick is from Montana, so I like that ‘Montana feel' atmosphere they have down there."

"Lubick is a famous name in Montana," said Capital High School head coach Pat Murphy. "His (Matt Lubick's father, Sonny) father coached in Montana and there are a couple of players from Montana playing for Arizona State so there's a pipeline right there."

Miller added that he talked to Osweiler a few times since the Kalispell quarterback arrived in Tempe at the beginning of this year.

"He has been telling me what the team chemistry and the players are like," Miller described, "just giving me a good feel of what everything is like over there. They (Osweiler and Hustad) are just being good guys in the recruiting process and not trying to pressure me to come there."

As a junior Miller hauled in 54 catches for 932 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the Bruins, who have won the state championship three years in a row. On the ground he amassed 663 yards on 59 rushes, scoring six times.

From his defensive back spot he tallied 46 tackles, four of them for a loss, and two interceptions. The last two seasons Miller collected All-State honors on both sides of the ball and last year he was voted the state's offensive MVP.

Miller indicated that the Sun Devils are recruiting him for both positions and that he has no preference which side of the ball he would like to play on in college.

"Schools recruit for size and speed and he has both of them," coach Murphy explained. "We usually don't like to play our guys both ways but he lines up at both wide receiver and defensive back and even plays some quarterback for us.

"I think he would prefer to play wide receiver but he also had a good frame where he could put on some weight and be a 240-pound linebacker and grow out of his safety spot. Because he's playing three sports (Miller is also on the basketball and track team) he really doesn't have time to put on weight. But he can obviously do that once he gets to college."

Murphy cited Miller's quickness as one of his biggest assets and stated "it's rare to see a 6-4 guy move like he does…he has great hands, he runs disciplined routes and is a smart kid that has a great football sense.

"He may be a nice kid off the field. But on the field he's a really big hitter and plays very aggressive. With that big body and speed he's a shut down corner that covers a lot of ground."

Miller has recorded weight room marks of 240 lbs. in the bench press, 320 lbs. in the squat and 250 lbs. in the power clean.

Boise State has been Miller only unofficial visit to date. ASU, Stanford, and Oregon are likely destinations for his other summer unofficial trips. Due to his participation in AAU basketball tournaments Miller doesn't plan on attending any team camps or combines.

The Helena Capital standout called the Sun Devils "one of my top choices" and along with Stanford, Boise State and Oregon are his top four schools. The Ducks are the only program out of that quartet to not offer, but Miller stressed that not one particular school has an advantage over the other three.

His timetable for a verbal commitment is also not set in stone.

"I would like to make my decision before the season starts so I can focus on the football season ahead," Miller said. "But if things aren't clear to me at that point I'll take as long as I need."

of Matt Miller's junior season highlights


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