The day NC State offered a scholarship to Savannah (GA) Memorial Day rising junior Brian Miller is a day the defensive tackle will not soon forget.
It was Miller’s first offer. It came from the ACC. It came after a camp that Miller knew was one of his best performances.
Miller showed up prepared and knew things were going well based on his times, his work against the other players and the way the coaches were responding to him. For such a big guy (6-2, 275) Miller’s vertical leap was a rare 31 inches. That was one thing that took the coaches and others there aback. It might have even surprised the Savannah (GA) defensive tackle.
NC State was not the only camp of the early summer for Miller. He grew up a fan of the Florida Gators although he said that does not mean too much to him anymore now that he is a recruit deciding on his own future. He did attend a camp at Florida on Friday. Before that he camped at Georgia. In July he will work out at South Carolina and Georgia State.
Georgia gave Miller good feedback but to his understanding their coaches are being selective with defensive linemen in his class. They want to wait and see more.
The offer sets NC State apart because Miller is relieved to know if he wants to make a decision to play college football tomorrow or even today he can do that.
“They came to my school a couple of times and talked to my coach but that was about it. I believe it was the defensive line coach that came and he’s the one recruiting me. I kind of had a feeling I had a pretty good camp going on. I was doing really good with all the testing and 1-on-1s. I felt like I was going to get an offer before but they just wanted to see me. It turns out they did.”
Miller said he will talk more to NC State directly now that they have offered. The NC State coaches will still probably talk to his high school coaches but the relationship will change now that he is recognized as one of the team’s top recruits.
NC State’s coaches said there was a lot to like about Miller but one thing they really liked was how he has some skills commonly found in defensive ends. He has some things to him that is more typical of defensive tackles.
“I’m a defensive end-defensive tackle but I think I’m mostly a defensive tackle in college.”
He started playing football at only five years old and he has always been one of the bigger players no matter what level he has played at. The playing field has leveled and he will have an uphill climb maybe for the first time in two years but right now he is set to dominate with Memorial Day School in 2015.
Miller might play with more confidence since NC State offered and there are still two months left in the summer so that offer could balloon into several more.
“I felt good when I got it. I was real excited. I always wanted to play college football. I just felt very proud. Mostly excited. Their coaches seemed really good so that was great too. I’ve been talking with my family and I think in the end if I get any more scholarships they would be in the top five.”
Because he has had a busy summer Miller did not have all the time he wanted at NC State to walk around the campus and look at everything the football coaches would have liked to show him. He did see a lot of the football facilities and things that players would be exposed to and experience as athletes but Miller said he needs to see more. He will return when school is in session to see campus life, meet professors and maybe watch a game.