Miller Excited About Miami

When Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista standout tight end Zach Miller left for his official visit to the University of Miami last week, he expected to have a pretty good time. "It went really, really well," Miller said. "I knew Miami had a great program and I knew it was a place that I could fit in at but it was even better. It's amazing there."

Miller, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, finished his senior season with 45 receptions for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He's now dealing with the attention of being one of the nation's most heavily recruited tight end prospects.

"It gets pretty busy sometimes," he said. "There are times when I feel like I need a break from everything. I know that once I make my decision, it'll slow down a lot. There's a big gap between my visit this weekend and the visit I have scheduled for January."

Miller has already taken official visits to Tennessee, Arizona State, and Miami. He will be at Oklahoma this weekend and is scheduled to visit UCLA on Jan. 16. He talked more about his Miami visit.

"It was a great visit," he said. "I had a chance to hang out with the players and see what they were like. I was paired with Eric Winston. We hung out and I also got a chance to meet some of the other recruits, like the quarterback from Texas."

The talented tight end prospect said he was impressed with what he saw.

"They were telling me how they're going to need a guy to help replace Kellen Winslow when he leaves and they think I can be that guy," he said. "You can't beat the football tradition at Miami. Look at how they win, how they send guys to the NFL. Jeremy Shockey and Bubba Franks are two of the best tight ends in the NFL and they're both from Miami. Kellen Winslow will be the next one. I'd like to add my name to that list. The way they use the tight end in that offense is real appealing to me and it's going to be a major factor in my decision."

As high as Miller is on Miami, there are other programs involved, including the hometown Sun Devils.

"Arizona State, it's real close to home and the whole family thing is appealing," he said. "They have put out some tight ends, too. Todd Heap is one recently. It's going to come down to whether I feel more comfortable at home or if I feel more comfortable going somewhere else. It's a tough choice."

Miller will take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend and will then have a few weeks to think about it.

"I've never been to Oklahoma but I like what the coaches have been saying all year," he said. "They've been on me real hard. They throw a lot and they are winning a lot, playing for the national championship. I'll be able to sit down and think a lot about it over the next few weeks."

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