Class of 2004: Gerard Miller

Vanceboro (NC) West Craven Defensive End Gerard Miller has emerged as a major target for several regional schools this spring, and the attention has been well-received by the terrific in-state prospect.

"I never thought it would be like this," Miller told StateFans last night. "I figured my college choice would end up being pretty easy, but all the schools have their own advantages so I think it's going to be tough in the end to choose the best one."

Miller's name popped on the recruiting radar two weeks ago at the Williamston (NC) Shrine Bowl Combine where he turned in terrific size (6-foot-4 255) and speed (4.82 40) numbers. However, local college coaches have known about him a long time.

"I like N.C. State, ECU, and Carolina the best right now, and they've all been recruiting me for a long time," he said. "They all are recruiting me as a defensive end, but I've told them that I would play anywhere they wanted me to."

Have any programs offered Miller at this stage?

"State, Carolina, and ECU have offered me. They all offered at either their junior days or a basketball game that I've been to. I've visited all three schools already several times."

Gerard had a terrific junior season for the West Craven Eagles, who finished the year at 12-2 after losing in the third round of the 3-A State Playoffs. He tallied 13 sacks and 80 tackles while earning all-conference and all-area honors. He's emerging as a top-10 prospect in-state this season.

As noted above, each program on his list has their own set of advantages.

"ECU is close to home and they have a good staff. I like the coaches and the school's good too. The thing about ECU is I know alot of people who go to school there because it's not that far from my hometown."

"North Carolina was my favorite school growing up, and I've always liked them. Coach Bunting is coming by my school next week to talk to our coach about me. I like the coaching staff, and a degree from Carolina is good. I also like their campus."

"With State, I have some family in Raleigh and I think they would like me up there. Coach Amato and Coach Diaz were in my school on Friday and I can tell they want me. I couldn't talk to them, but I've talked to Coach Amato before and I really like him. I like their new facilities. Also, I'm thinking about majoring in architechture and they offer that.

With a solid Top 3 list of schools, does Miller have a favorite?

"I don't really have any favorites at the moment. I'm just wanting to see as many schools as possible before making a decision."

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