Miller Hoping For Big Finish

Canton McKinley junior defensive end Steve Miller is one of the top prospects in the 2011 class. Miller has had a solid season for the Bulldogs and is currently out of action with an ankle injury. Bill Greene saw Miller at a recent McKinley practice and interviewed this young star.

Canton (Ohio) McKinley has produced more than its share of Division I college players over the years, and junior defensive end Steve Miller is hoping to follow in the footsteps of those that came before him.

Miller was having a solid junior season when he suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago in a game. He will sit out this week as he attempts to get healthy enough to play against arch-rival Massillon in the season finale.

"Things were going pretty good for me until two weeks ago when a teammate rolled over my ankle," Miller told of his 2009 season. "That knocked me out for last week against North Canton and also this week against Boardman. I'm trying to get my ankle ready so I can play against Massillon in the last week of the season."

Although expectations were extremely high for Canton McKinley, the season has been a disappointment as the team has lost several close games.

"It's been really frustrating for me and all of us," he said. "We just need to stay together as a team and continue to work at getting better every day in practice. We need to win the next two games, get into the playoffs, and make a run. We can still hit some of the goals we set at the beginning of the season. We had 20 guys miss practice today with the flu, and we have a lot of guys injured, but we need to pull together and find a way to get a win."

Miller holds more than 20 scholarship offers, including every Big Ten school, as well as Notre Dame and Stanford. He has visited Ohio State twice so far this season and is planning one more unofficial visit this season to Michigan for the Ohio State game.

"I've been to Ohio State twice, for the USC and Illinois games," Miller said. "The atmosphere was unbelievable for the USC game. I was also at Ohio State's camp last summer and I feel very comfortable around the people down there. I'm being recruited by the offensive line coach, Jim Bollman, and we have a good relationship. We spoke this week and talked about how our seasons are going."

"I'm also going to visit Michigan for the Ohio State game," he continued. "I was up there once before with my teammate, Jewone Snow, and I really liked it up there. Coach [Rich] Rodriguez has things going in the right direction and I like the way they play the game. Their stadium is awesome and they get great fan support, and I will definitely consider Michigan."

"Another school I like a lot is Iowa and they're having a great season," Miller said. "They've really come up on my list lately and I'm hoping to get out there at some point to see that campus."

Miller is no hurry to make a decision, preferring to concentrate on his play and his school work.

"I did really well this grading period and I'm expecting to get all A's and one B," he said. "I'm not really looking at college just yet. Right now, it's all about my grades and trying to get better on the football field. I will look at the college stuff once this season ends. I'm not sure if I'm going to play basketball or not, so I might just work out all winter and try to get bigger and stronger. I'm not sure if I'll make my decision before the season starts next year, or take official visits and wait until the end."

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