Last football season was a good one for Chicago King offensive tackle Miles Stroter. The 6-5, 305-pounder was part of a division winning squad that went on to win the city championship. That seemed to mark the end of the football related excitement for the year, but the Stroter family soon found out that wasn't the case. Young Miles' recruitment has heated up in recent weeks with mail from interested suitors increasing by the day.
"I'm going through a bunch of mail right in front of me that he got today," Stroter's dad said. "He got like 15 letters today. He had like four coaches at the school at the same time recently. The offensive line coach from Michigan (Andy Moeller) was there, the coach from Notre Dame was there, the coach from Ball State was there, and Jim Tressel from Ohio State was there. It was crazy. The athletic director had to each one in different rooms and Miles had to go from room to room to talk to them."
The level of attention Miles is receiving has come as somewhat of a surprise to him and his dad. Last year at this time they wondered if they'd have to be the ones pursuing the various colleges as opposed to the other way around. "I didn't know he was going to be this big," Mr. Stroter said. "I just knew whatever he wanted to do ... I was going to help him with it. I thought our biggest problem would be getting publicity because the school that he went to wasn't a winning school. I was on the internet asking about how to get noticed. Then somebody told me go to the camps. I was kind of skeptical filling out the paperwork because they asked if he was Division 1 material. When I saw how big he was compared to the Chicago Bears I said, 'Oh yeah, he can play Division 1 football' (laughing). We went to the camps and it just took off from there. Once we went to one, they had already heard we had been to the first camp by the time we went to the second one.
Stroter's camping experience last year proved extremely beneficial, but it doesn't appear that he will participate in any this summer. "I don't think we'll be doing anymore camps," Mr. Stroter said. "I told Miles to remember that he learned a lot at Michigan's camp last summer. That was the camp where he learned more than any of the others. It was non-contact, but he picked up a lot of stuff there that he used during the season. He said, 'Dad, nah, no more camps. Let's just do the visits.' So I think we'll just be visiting. I'm going to leave it up to him. He'll still be working hard to improve though. He is working with a speed coach, a strength and conditioning coach, and he is working on his footwork too."
Stroter's visit schedule will be a very busy one. He is interested in some of the nation's top programs, including those with excellent academic reputations. The 29 he received on the ACT opened a lot more doors. "He likes Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Miami, USC, Iowa, Northwestern ... you could say he likes all of the Big Ten schools. Illinois offered him last Saturday. We're going to visit a lot of those places. We're definitely going to go back up (to Michigan). We're going to try to get to Miami Stanford, USC, and Texas too. We're going to try to hit everybody that he's interested in. We have to lay our itinerary out. I know we're definitely going to get back up to Michigan."
With such a prestigious list of schools, determining the best fit will be a
very involved process. That said, Mr. Stroter made it clear that the school
that wins out at then end will be the one that has as much to offer off of the
field as it does on it. "We'll be looking at where Miles fits in the most
comfortably with the players on the team and where I think he is going to grow
the most," explained Mr. Stroter. "We're looking past football. We're
looking at earning a degree and whatever he wants to do after football. I've
got a few friends that played in the NFL and they told him to make sure he gets
his schooling down because when it's all over if you don't have that degree,
you'll be out there looking for a job."