Miller Loves New Defense

Shrine Bowl standout Josh Miller is looking forward to coming to Clemson early this summer to try and compete for early playing time. has the latest on Josh, his spring workout schedule, and a 2007 recruit from Manning who could be one to watch in the coming seasons. <BR>

The 6-1, 210 pound prospect enjoyed National Signing Day earlier this month. Not only was it a chance to officially put the recruiting process behind him, it also presented him the opportunity for some extra recognition.

"It was good," said Miller during a recent interview with "We had a little ceremony in the library at school. My parents came. I also had a television interview with WBTW out of Florence."

The prize recruit is glad that signing day is behind him and he can concentrate on preparing for his career at Clemson. "It feels good. Nobody is calling me any more or anything. That's nice."

The first day of the Clemson experience is just a few months away for Miller. "I'm thinking about coming up early. I may be coming up for the second summer session. Coach Burns called me last Thursday. He asked me how I was doing. He wanted to make sure I got my workout manual. I will work on that over the next few months."

What is the talented linebacker looking forward to the most about getting to Tiger Town? "I'm just wanting to get up there and show my talents. I want to get there and play early," said Miller.

The Manning standout is looking forward to playing in the new Clemson defensive scheme.

"It's pretty much what we ran at school. We had good success. I like the defense because of the position they want me to play. It gives me an opportunity to show my talents. I don't have to hold the backside if the play goes away from me. It's like a 4-3 but this defense is designed so that if I do overrun the play, the safety behind me covers my back. I like to call it the 'you got my back I got yours defense,'" said Miller.

When asked if he will have any problem qualifying, Miller responded, "No, I'm good."

Miller is also working hard to make sure he is physically ready to compete when practice starts in August. "Right now I'm running track to stay in shape. I am making sure that I eat right. They told me to make sure I'm in shape when I get there. Hopefully I will be good enough to play to the best of my ability," added Miller.

Manning High will have another outstanding linebacker in the 2007 recruiting class. "I'll be working on Preston Stoops. He plays linebacker as well and I know Coach Blackwell likes him. He is 6-1, 230 already and he will just be a junior."

We will continue to keep you updated on this future Tiger linebacker, right up through the first day of practice in August. Top Stories