2007 CU Prospect: OT Ryan Miller

CU has not received a commitment from a player considered to be amongst the top 100 prospects nationally in four years. This year, Ryan Miller is possibly the top player in the state and is also an early consensus top 100 player. He is already ranked a four star player by Scout.com. Miller favors the Buffs early and he and his parents are meeting with Coach Hawkins today at the Dal Ward Center.

Height: 6-8
Weight: 280
40 time: 5.1
Bench: 315
Squat: 375
Clean: 305
From: Littleton, Colorado
High School: Columbine

The last CU recruit to be ranked among the top 100 players in the nation was Denver Mullen lineman, Brian Daniels, in the 2003 recruiting class. Daniels was also the first verbal commitment of that class. Colorado has a record over the last several years to get their first commitment from an in-state offensive lineman. The first player they officially offer in state this year will probably be Miller, and that offer could come as soon as today.

As a junior, Ryan Miller had 43 pancake blocks. On defense, at defensive end in spot-duty, he had 12 tackles and three sacks. Miller was one of only two juniors to be named first team all-state. "I am an aggressive player," Miller explains. "I am great at pass and run-blocking. I have good footwork for a big guy."

The biggest player in Colorado this year already has a written offer from Nebraska. "I got an offer from them in January. I am hearing the most right now from them, Miami, Notre Dame, and CU."

Miller's grandfather played for the Buffs in the 70's and therefore he has always been a die-hard Buff fan. "Colorado is my favorite school. They are the hometown school and I have been to a lot of their practices and taken unofficial visits up there. My parents and I are actually meeting with Coach (Dan) Hawkins tomorrow at the Dal Ward Center at 3:30. We are going to talk some football."

With the big man favoring the Buffs, what would happen if Coach Hawkins were to extend a scholarship offer? "I would be really excited about that. I don't think I am ready to give a commitment yet, though. I want to get everything settled in. I still have a whole season of football to play before I make a decision. I will probably not decide until after I take some visits."

He says his parents are not favoring any one school right now.

Miller is humbled about being named a top 100 player nationally. "It is definitely a confidence builder for me. It is a real honor. I am going to have to back it up though. Hopefully I will be named an All-American and win a state championship this year."

The offensive tackle carries a 2.83 core GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT. He has not yet scheduled to take the SAT. Miller is thinking of a major in Physical Education and Architecture.

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