DL Feels Like UM is Good Fit

When Bryant Miller tried out for the Miami (Fla.) Central football team in the spring of his junior season, he wasn't sure what to expect.

"I had never played before," Miller said. "Last year was my first year. I wanted to play in pop warner but I was always too big. Last year was fun."

The standout defensive end made a big impact at Central last season and while playing in just five games because of a dislocated shoulder, Miller emerged as one of Dade County's top defensive linemen. That carried into this season. Through five games, he has 18 tackles and three sacks.

"Every single game the teams run away from me and always use extra guys to block me," he said. "It can get frustrating at times but my boys are cleaning up. We're real strong on defense right now so something must be going right."

Bryant Miller leads a Central defense that's a big reason why the Rockets are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the Class 6A poll right now.

"I'm just really hungry out there," Miller said. "I don't know of too many guys at this level who catch match my desire to make plays and disrupt the quarterback. I just keep it going full speed at all times."

The talented defender, who stands 6-foot-3 1/2 and 240 pounds, has emerged into one of the state's best prospects at his position, despite having played in just nine regular season games so far in his career.

"Recruiting's going really good right now," he said. "After the game against Goleman this week me and Sabbath (Joseph) are getting on a plane to take a trip to Ole Miss. We're gonna check it out and spend the weekend there. Aside from them, I'm looking at UM, Florida State, Ohio State, and USC. They all offered me except for USC but they call and write a lot."

Miller, who is considered the favorite to win the state shot put and discus championship now that Ricky Jean Francois is now in college, had a clear favorite growing up.

"It's UM all day long," he said. "I got my boys there, Bryan Pata, Willie Williams, and Richard Gordon is going there next year. He's like my best friend. I'm tight with all those guys. I always rooted for UM. It's right down the road and I really like Coach Shannon. Good man, good coach."

While the Canes are his favorite team, he's not sure he's ready to name them his recruiting favorite right now.

"As time goes on, things change sometimes," he said. "Sometimes change is for the better. I'm not sure here though. I really like the way UM plays defense. I like their defensive line. They're fast and aggressive and they play a lot of guys. They're not afraid to play young guys. I think I could fit in really well."

Miller was asked about how depth charts may influence his decision, if at all.

"Of course I'm trying to go where I can play right away," he said. "But I believe the best man will get it. I'm hungry and when it comes down to it, I'm not sure a guy my age can take it from me. I know what I'm capable of."

Through five games this season, Miller said Palm Beach Gardens running back Emanuel Cook has been his toughest opponent so far.

"He was real tough," he said. "He kept getting hit and bouncing back and coming after us. I liked him a lot."

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