Linebacker's stock increasing

Linebacker DeAndre Miller has seen his stock increase as of late. Read on to see where Arizona stands, when he wants to decide, and more.

The Arizona football team has one gaping hole on defense- linebacker. The new coaches have done a good job trying to patch the hole, offering plenty of high school players, hoping to fill that need early in the recruitment period.

One player that Arizona has offered is Buckeye (Ariz.) Union High School middle linebacker DeAndre Miller. Miller, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound, 2013 prospect holds 8 scholarship offers, including Arizona.

"The Wyoming coach came down and offered me at my school," Miller said. "It means more when a coach gives an offer in person. The Arizona coaches offered me when I went down to the spring game. It meant a lot to me."

Miller hasn't thought about what his top schools are, but has kept an open mind throughout the process. He is still working on getting more offers and won't decide where he is going to attend college for a while.

"I'm really trying to keep open to all of the schools so far," Miller said. "I haven't really weighed my options to see which one I want to go to yet. I'm trying to get all the ones I can get in first, then I'll sit down and figure it out."

He will work through the summer, trying to improve pieces of his overall game and getting ready for his senior season. Miller doesn't have any plans to attend any position camps this summer, but will take a 7-day trip to Prescott with his high school team to prepare for the upcoming fall.

"It's a seven day team camp," Miller told us. "We go up there and work out. It's also a good bonding experience. I think it's the best part of the summer."

Miller will work hard on his skills in the coming months, trying to add a little bit to his entire skill set.

"I want to work on everything," Miller said. "I just need to get bigger, faster and stronger."

The linebacker will also build on some of his strengths in the offseason. He already has the will to push himself, but would like to put that focus on a more mental part of the game.

"I think my biggest strength is not willing to lose. I have to keep fighting for a win no matter what," he said. "I use that strength to work on myself.

"As a linebacker, I think I can read the line pretty good. I can pick up on the play, but I want to get better at that. If I know what the other team is doing, I can be in the right position to make a good play."

Throughout the process, Miller has had constant contact with the Arizona coaches. Coach Lockwood, Arizona's secondary coach, has talked to him as much as possible throughout the process.

"Arizona has been coming after me pretty hard the whole time," Miller said. "They really want me over there. I think I'm going to go visit the school next month and look at the campus some more."

He did visit the campus once before, during Arizona's spring game. Miller came away impressed and it was the coaching staff that stood out to him the most.

"I just really like the coaches," he said. "They are all really cool. I've talked to most of them. Coach Lockwood ices me up, telling me that they really want me and they really need me. He's always telling me that they want me to be a Wildcat."


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