Iowa started their 2019 class early with a commitment over the weekend, and they started it with a bang. 6-foot-6, 281 pound in-state offensive tackle Ezra Miller gave his verbal pledge to Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes following another visit, this one for the spring game.
Miller followed that up with a strong performance at a recent Under Armour camp in Chicago. It was the first event of that kind he had participated in but he held his own, and was particularly impressive given that most of his competition was older than him.
Miller conveyed to Scout why he chose to jump on board for the Hawkeyes at this stage.
"I knew it was the place for me," he said. "It was the type of program I wanted. It fit me so well in every way. I wanted to step up and be a leader for the rest of the 2019 class."
"I knew Iowa was one of the places I liked and once I got an offer I did some research and just knew that was the right school," Miller added."
Recruiting and getting others to join him is something he's already excited about and aims to do. He delivered some more details of that to Scout.
"I absolutely want to be a leader and try to get others in here with me," Miller shared. "Just look at my top two targets, Max (Duggan) and Tyler (Endres) from the state of Iowa. Those are my top two guys. I know that I can relate to them in the way of recruiting. We take the same visits to Iowa. I haven't talked to them as much as I should but I'll be getting on that. Will Putnam is another target of mine."
A few different coaches have had a role in recruiting Miller to the Hawkeyes, underscoring how much of an importance he was for the Iowa coaching staff.
"Coach (Reese) Morgan has been recruiting me and I really like coach Brian (Ferentz) because I've talked to him in camp a lot and on other visits," Miller noted. "Brian can jokea . lot but he and coach (Tim) Polasek are both ver, very intense guys and very, very intense coaches. Coach Polasek I've found doesn't joke as much but he's just as intense and I like that. He's all business."
More offers will surely come in for Miller but he has no visions of going anywhere but Iowa City.
"I still think I will get more offers and from some hard-hitting schools too," he pointed out. "They'll probably try to pressure me into de-committing and that kind of stuff but I'll stay true. I'll never de-commit."