It was a surprising National Signing Day conclusion for three-star cornerback Dreshun Miller when he pledged to Coastal Carolina, an FCS program.
The Marietta (Georgia) Sprayberry HS talent had interest from Fresno State, Miami (Ohio) and Troy as well, but it turns out that grades were what was keeping schools away. In fact, Miller will have to forego his LOI with Coastal Carolina and will attend Palmetto Prep School in South Carolina, but that breathes new life into his recruitment for 2017.
“My grades really hurt me when I was a freshman,” Miller explained. “That was when I really struggled, not knowing the rules and how it would hurt my recruiting later on... I wasn’t eligible up to signing day. Coastal Carolina was the only school that would sign me just by taking a chance on me."
The experience has motivated him in the classroom to make his way to the next level.
“I’m looking forward to going to school, sitting down and focusing, getting my work done,” Miller said. “I’m just taking on the schoolwork really, really strong now to get that out of the way and actually enjoy the recruiting process this time.”
Miller received the news just after his graduation and learned that his recruitment would be starting over for the class of 2017. Where he currently stands, he expects to be in and out of prep school within four months and then be eligible as a mid-year transfer.
“Soon after I found out, I messaged (Fresno State Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo) Ward on twitter,” Miller said. “He hit me back up and told me to keep in touch."
Miller had planned on taking an official visit to Fresno State just before signing day, but with grades in question and the Bulldogs' class filling up, it did not come to fruition. He had liked what he saw from the program and hopes to have them as an option this time around.
"I’ve heard so many great things about the campus, how pretty it is, and how it’s in California," Miller said. "Coach Ward knows my trainer and they are tight guys. Ward is a cool dude. When he visited me at my school last January, he seemed laid back and kept it real. I just want to get to know Fresno a lot more... I feel I’ll get a better connection over these next months and hopefully get out there for a visit."
"I figure that those schools that were there but knew I didn’t have the grades, now that I’ll have the grades this January, I feel like things will be different," Miller said. "There will also be less tension where I’ll be more comfortable with the decision I make."
Of his game, Miller said, “I have long arms and I can jam. I’m a physical player and a playmaker. I like to be a ballhawk, I can hit, I can play both sides of the ball and do returns. With me, you’re getting the full package.”
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