Big-Time TE Talks Recruiting

At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Phoenix (Ariz) Desert Vista standout tight end Zach Miller is having an excellent senior season. Playing both ways this season, Miller has 40 receptions for 678 yards and six scores. On defense, he has 125 tackles while playing middle linebacker.

"The thing with our offense is that a lot of other guys have been stepping up lately," Miller said. "Teams do whatever they can to double and triple cover me, trying to take me out of the offense. On defense, I like playing linebacker because teams cant run away from me. Wherever they go, I'm there."

Miller, who will use the time after the season to take his recruiting visits before beginning track in the spring, is one of the nation's most heavily recruited players at his position.

"On my visits, I'm going to Arizona State on December 5th," he said. "Then on the 12th, I go to Miami. Oklahoma is on the 19th. UCLA will be in January, probably the weekend of the 6th. Tennessee, we've talked about November 22nd but since we might still be playing then, that may end up being moved to January. Those are the five schools I'm still looking at."

Miller, who has scholarship offers from all five programs, has been on a few unofficial visits already this season.

"ASU is only about 20 minutes away and I've been to a few of their games this year," he said. "My brother goes there. He tore his ACL in the first two weeks of practice and is getting a medical redshirt. ASU is nice and it's close. They're definitely in my top three but I like others too."

The talented tight end talked about the two programs that round out his current top three.

"Miami and Oklahoma are definitely my top two," he said. "Miami just has a great tradition of tight ends. Look at the number of tight ends they've put in the pros. When I go to college, I want to win and a big goal of mine is to play in the NFL someday. If you're a tight end and want to go to the NFL, then Miami's a good place to be. They will need a replacement for Winslow, who will probably be leaving after this season."

Miller has watched a few of the Miami games this season, including last Saturday's loss against the Hokies.

"I watched their game the other night and was sort of surprised they lost," he said. "Virginia Tech just came to play. It's college football, anyone can beat anyone at any given time."

The Sooners appear to be Miami's top competition right now and Miller talked about OU.

"I'm starting to like them a lot more lately," he said. "They just keep winning. You have to like that and I also like the coaches that I've been talking to. I really enjoy talking to them. I've never been there so I'm looking forward to my visit."

Miller said he won't know much more on his top three until after his visits.

"I know all about ASU and what it's about," he said. "I've never been to Oklahoma. I was in Miami before but it was a real long time ago and I don't remember it. I'm just gonna see what it's like on my visits, see how I fit in, and see what the best situation for me will be."

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