Sold on special teams

Gabriel Miller became the No. 11 known verbal commitment in the 2013 Husker recruiting class. Come inside as the soon to be senior talks about his decision.

Identifying a need for the 2013 class, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini and crew decided a scholarship offer to a long snapper would be worth it, if they could get the right guy.

That right guy turned out to be Mishawaka (IN) Penn long snapper Gabriel Miller. The soon to be senior was give the scholarship nod yesterday at Big Red Weekend.

"It was a big deal, when talking to Coach Pelini and Coach Papuchis, who runs the punt team, they made it well aware that special teams are a big deal to them. They put a high priority on special teams and that was a big deal for me. They put it up high on the totem pole.

"I came down here and loved everything about Nebraska. The people, the facilities, the coaching staff, everything won. I was hoping everything would be good, and it was just as good as I hoped it would be."

Miller, who is listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, chose Nebraska over Eastern Michigan. If the prospect would have continued the recruiting process, it was likely more offers would have come in.

"I wouldn't say it's a huge relief, but the last month has been stressful," said Miller. "I love Nebraska and can't wait to come here. I know that I'm going to love it here. I know my parents really wanted to feel confident that they liked where I would go, and they loved it."

Miller has been working very closely with long snapping guru Chris Rubio. Rubio ranks Miller the No. 3 long snapper in the 2013 class and says he's a prospect who could snap all four years.

"I have been working hard with Rubio and it's an honor that he ranks me that high," said Miller. "But it's been a lot of hard work and it definitely didn't come easy. Rubio has definitely helped me get to the point of where I am."

Big Red Report will have more with Miller later in the week.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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