Little Back Puts Up Big Numbers

An early football recruiting report is featured on a 2006 prospect.

Murfreesboro,Tenn.--The old saying goes that good things come in small packages, and for the Riverdale High football team that old adage certainly held true with their starting running back for the 2004 season.

Gaston Miller may only be a 5-5, 152-pound tailback, but he was an enormous part of Riverdale High's 15-0 run and state championship in the AAAAA classification, which is the highest division of football in Tennessee.

"My premier position is at running back and I also return kickoffs sometimes," Miller says. "It was really a breakout year for me. Last year we were rotating three running backs. This year it was only myself so I was able to get 2,175 yards and 33 touchdowns, which led the team in rushing and scoring. I also threw one touchdown."

The speedy back, who clocked in with a smoking fast 4.53 40-yard dash time on a slow track with a tight watch at the Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio in January, says, however, that he has even more impressive weapons in his arsenal.

"Probably my vision," the talented back says about his best attribute on the field. "I see stuff on the field and I can make a cut here or I'll know how many defenders I have got coming at me."

Along with his speedy 40 time in San Antonio, Miller also showed his ability by recording a great vertical jump. "My vertical at the camp was 39 1/2 inches," he notes.

Miller says that he not only uses his combination of speed and athleticism on the football field, but also on the track as well. "I run the 100, the 4x100, the 400x200 and I high jump," he notes about his track events. "A 10.98 is my best 100 time and my best high jump is 6-2."

Even with the obvious size disadvantage Miller will face in the recruiting game, the talented rusher notes that his strong junior season and athletic ability have already garnered him some attention from colleges.

"I am starting to think about college" he says. "I know that I want to go, but I am not sure where I want to go. I have received letters from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Syracuse and Ole Miss."

He also notes that he already knows what he will be looking for in his college of choice come next February. "I know that they would have to be good academically and I wouldn't want to go to a college that would just pass the ball mostly, being a running back and all," he explains. "I would like to go to a college that has a pretty good ground game."

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