Canes in Good Shape for DL

Bryant Miller's senior season ended a bit early because his team was unable to make the state playoffs.

"It was tough but you can't change what's already happened," Miller said. "We put a lot of time and energy into going to states and we didn't even get a chance. It was tough but it's time to pick up and move on."

In Miller's case, he has two other areas of his life that has helped him move on -- the recruiting process and aiming for a state championship in track & field season.

"It's a long process," he said of recruiting. "It's very interesting, that's for sure. I'm glad to see so many coaches and colleges have an interest in me. In the meantime, I'm working on getting my footwork ready, conditioning a lot, and getting ready to play in the CaliFlorida game. And I'm No. 2 in the state in the shot and discus and Ricky (Jean Francois) has graduated so I'm shooting for a state title there."

Bryant Miller, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, is widely considered the best defensive line prospect in Dade County this year. He spoke about what's going on in the recruiting world.

"I'm just looking around right now," he said. "First of all, when I take my visits, I'll know. You know good people when you see them. I'm looking for a program that plays strong defense and someplace that will allow me to come in and fit in with the group of guys they already have."

The talented defensive end has five visits on his mind right now. He's still in the process of setting up the exact dates for them.

"I know I got Auburn and Ole Miss for sure," he said. "The other three will probably be UM, Florida State, and Florida. They're all about even right now."

Miller spoke more about the hometown Hurricanes.

"Miami's got a lot going for them," he said. "In my case, they're close to home, they play great defense, and I feel like I have a good relationship with the coaches (Randy Shannon in particular). But sometimes it's better to get away from home. I just have to keep my options open. It would be great to play for the Canes, something I've always wanted to do. But I gotta see what else is out there for me first."

UM coach Randy Shannon is scheduled to stop in for an in-home visit within the coming days.

"He calls a lot and we talk," he said. "I talked to him the other day and he was in New York recruiting. He's supposed to come by in the next few days."

When asked what stands out about the other schools on his list, aside from UM, Miller spoke about something they all have in common.

"UM, Florida State, Auburn, schools like that, you gotta love 'em," he said. "Every championship in football is won because of defense and these schools can play defense with the best of them. That's what I wanna be a part of. The competition will be there but isnt that what separates the good ones from the great ones."

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