Once the flood of recruiting attention subsides around the beginning of June, top prospects get a chance to settle back into their normal routine. Ryan Miller (6-7, 280-pounds) has done just that.
"I'm just enjoying the summer. It's been nice," explained Miller of the respite he's enjoyed. "I've turned my phone off for the past several weeks. I've been getting out and camping lately; getting outdoors and doing what I love. I've been up to Rampart and north of Frazer (Co.) with my football buddies.
"We've still got weight training and speed and agility every Monday, Wednesday, Friday bright and early."
In addition to the normal workouts, Columbine head coach Andy Lowry makes an annual trek to participate in the University of Wyoming football camp.
"It's always a good team-building experience," Miller explained. "Technique and aggressiveness comes in time I've learned. If you work on things you're going to get better, regardless. Each camp we see teams that are in our league. It's nice to get a little clash from the past before the season starts."
With his season on the horizon, Miller has whittled his list of schools down to four.
"We sent out a letter, as a family, that closed [recruiting] down to four schools," Miller said. "I still get letters from everybody, but right now where I'm going to go to college will probably be either Colorado, Notre Dame, Miami or USC. Every school has something different to offer.
"Not much has really changed with Notre Dame. I get the letters here and there and the text messages every few days, but nothing has changed recruiting-wise. Coach Latina has been sending more of the text messages; the letters have been from coach Oliver.
"We've talked about [official visits] as a family," he explained "We'll try to take four official visits, and it's going to be hard to squeeze those in during the season, but we'll do what we can."