One good visit to a school could be a fluke. Enjoying two trips to a school may be a sign that there’s something real there. Three visits that go well may be as much confirmation as a recruit can get that it could be a place for him.
If only it were that easy then Ft Pierce (FL) John Carroll LB Brock Miller may have already made his decision. Miller (6-4, 215) has done a lot of traveling all year in the hopes that when decision time comes he knows what he wants to do with confidence. The time for a decision is now approaching.
John Carroll H.S.’s football team plays their first game of the season in three weeks and Miller expects to put recruiting behind him before that kicks off.
On July 5 Miller posted on Twitter – “After talking to my parents about it we thought it would be best if we start to narrow down my list to be able to start focusing more on these schools. With that said I wantto thank God for blessing me with everything he has and for giving me all these great opportunities. I want to thank every school that has recruited me and has given me a chance to play football at the next level. This is my top 8 schools in no order! Although I have my list of 8 I am still open to any new offers and this list is not set in stone.”
He then followed that with a list that included Mississippi State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Cal, Boise State, NC State and Virginia with the important notation that the list’s order had no hidden meaning to it.
He made the decision to narrow his focus to that list of eight schools three weeks ago. When Miller made that list he had visited NC State twice. Last Thursday he visited for the third time. Seeing as the visit went well it is safe to conclude that NC State is still a school Miller will consider. That he visited again after narrowing his list could be taken as a good sign but he did visit Virginia and Virginia Tech over the weekend too.
“This was my third time at NC State because the year before I had went there for a camp and then back when they first offered me back in like February I went up there and visited then. This trip was another unofficial. They had a camp the next day but I couldn’t make it for that. I just came up to do a 1 on 1 tour thing. I met all the coaches and saw the campus.”
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Dave Huxtable stepped up to the plate and spent a lot of time with Miller while he was visiting. Most of the other coaches did talk to him and Dave Doeren had plenty to say. Huxtable was in an important position as the linebackers coach and Miller was happy when he went into a lot of detail on how the NC State defense plays and how they would like to use him in that defense.
“They ran a 4-2-5 last year but he wants to get back to a 4-3. Last year he was really short on linebackers so he couldn’t run a 4-3. He’s trying to get more linebackers in there so he wants me as an outside linebacker on the weak side of the field. He would use me a lot to attack the quarterback coming off the edge and attacking on blitzes. I would allow him to match me up with tight ends and receivers in coverage as well. He is definitely looking for me to do those things for them.”
Miller said he is satisfied with everything he has learned about NC State and because of last Thursday’s visit he does not have any more questions. On his first two visits he was not able to see as much of the school’s campus as he would have liked to. On the last visit he saw the dorm rooms, the new indoor facility and everything else that he had seen before only this time, in more detail.
Two days later while still on the road Miller and his family traveled to Blacksburg (VA) to visit Virginia Tech for a barbecue that the coaches put on for a lot of recruits. That was not so much a 1 on 1 but it was an easy going scene that let Miller get to know more about the Hokies.
Miller plans to make his final decision this week although a specific date has not been set.