Schools recruiting Brian Miller are promoting more than football to the standout tight end.
"I definitely want a high standard of academics," the Class of 2011 prospect from Massachusetts said. "Academics are very important. I want to come out with a degree that will set me up for life.
"The schools know that. They try to sell how good their schools are academically."
"I definitely am still towards the beginning (of the recruiting process)," he said. "I don't have any top schools. I'm just taking it all in. I'll probably get more serious in the spring."
Miller plays basketball and trips during the winter that call for him to be away for a weekend don't work. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder said he'd like to see Iowa.
"Iowa was my first (verbal) scholarship offer," Miller said. "They offered during the spring of my sophomore year. I talk with Ken O'Keefe a lot. They send me a lot of hand-written letters and stay in real good contact.
"I'm real interested. They had a great year."
Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki earned first-team all-conference honors this season and was a Mackey Award semifinalist. Iowa's last two starters at the position, Scott Chandler and Brandon Myers, have earned spots on NFL rosters. Alumnus Dallas Clark has been one of the top tight ends in the pros for this decade.
Miller said he is paying a lot of attention to how schools employ the tight end in their offenses.
"I like how Iowa uses the tight end," he said. "They have a great tradition with the tight end coming out of there. Tony Moeaki gets a lot of catches."
Andover (Mass.) High finished this season at 6-5 after a 5-1 start. A new coaching staff was at the helm, and Miller expected the team to take a step forward next year.
"We had two starters on defense and two more on offense that were sophomores," he said. "We have a lot of good players coming back."
Miller, who reported all A's with a few B's academically, said he's looking to take a step forward with his game in 2010.
"I think I'm a really good receiving tight end," Miller said. "I'm good with the ball in my hands. My blocking needs to improve, but that will come with time on the practice field and in adding size."
Miller is a good enough athlete to have received scholarship offers and interest from D-II and D-III schools in his area.
"I'm much better at football," he said. "I'd much rather play football in college."
He's already got a lot of options.