Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern junior DE/TE, Collin Miller, got a chance to hit the road this weekend to see Nebraska. The 6-foot-3 and 225-pound Miller got to Nebraska the day before the game giving him a chance to really take a look around and see as much as official visitors might see.
”We got to Nebraska on Friday morning and the first thing we did was research the campus,” Miller said. “They have beautiful campuses and dorms and classes and I was blown away. Very beautiful campus with great students and staff and people in Lincoln. We then got a tour of the football program and got to check out the weight room and the locker room and the football field and the daily routine the football players go through.”
Miller got an opportunity to speak with a number of coaches on the Nebraska staff including both coordinators. Miller came away with a lot of respect for all of the coaches that he met. Miller says that Nebraska isn’t sure which position Nebraska likes him at right now and he doesn’t have a preference.
”I was able to talk to coach Ross Els who is the linebackers coach, John Papuchis and Coach Tim Beck. Great coaching staff. I loved every second being able to talk to them. I have a lot of respect for that coaching staff.
”They say they can see me at a two spot athlete. Playing the role from a tight end or a linebacker. They say they will be able to test me out and see which one they prefer. At the end of the day I do not care about what position I play. Playing for Nebraska and playing on defense and being a Blackshirt would be pretty intense and cool. But if I had to play offense and play tight end and help get them the win then so be it. I'm a team player.”
Miller was caught off-guard by how sucked in he was into the visit and really getting into the weekend and the game. He found himself up on his feet yelling for the Huskers. The loss was lost with Miller because he saw the effort down on the football field.
”Showing up this weekend I did not know I would get this connected. As I got to know the coaches and bond with them and sit with those crazy passionate fans I was all bought into Nebraska. I was up on third downs loud and proud for the defense.
”When the offense would score and I would look to my left and right and see everyone having a smile on their face it really made me enjoy Nebraska and want them to win. vIt doesn't really matter to me if they win or lose as long as I know that they all gave it 100% and didn't quit till the end, because that's what I'm about.”
Miller connected with Nebraska in just about every area. He says that he has Nebraska on top right now for him and feels like Nebraska is the complete package for him. Miller wasn’t alone. He said that his family shared the same perfect rating that he gives the visit this weekend.
”Nebraska is something special,” Miller said. “From the academics, to football, to the environment, and to the university. The University of Nebraska is gorgeous. I loved how a lot of it is close together.
”I've visited some great schools. But right now Nebraska is on top. I know it seems like I'm judging it too fast. But after these past couple days I'm locked in to Nebraska. It just has the whole package.
”My family is on board too rating it a 10 out of 10 too. Seeing my grandpa and little brother’s eyes light up after going on the field just gave me a feel in my stomach. They had a great time as well which put the cherry on top of this trip.”
This is the second to last game on the regular season schedule for Nebraska – their last home game – but Miller says that he still has visit plans before the end of the year. Miller says that it’s not 100%, but there is a chance he will visit a Big 12 school in two weeks.
”Right now I'm planned to go see Oklahoma Sooners play on 12/5 but we are 50-50 if we are going yet. If we go to Oklahoma then that will end my game invites for the season. For being my first year getting to go to games I am truly blessed. If I am not able to make it to Oklahoma then I can say I ended it on a good one with Nebraska being my last trip.”