In-state star shuffles leaderboard

FOUR STAR PROSPECT Gabe Miller is hearing more and more from schools outside the state, and his list of frontrunners now reflects that. The local product out of Lake Oswego now has four schools tied atop his leaders list, one of which is Oregon State. The student athlete offers up insight on the schools recruiting him and what might make the difference in his decision.

The Beavers were the first to offer the versatile Miller (6-4, 230), who could end up on either offense or defense depending on where he goes. Besides OSU, he holds offers from Oregon and Colorado, saying OSU sees him as possibly a linebacker or tight end, Oregon an h-back or linebacker, and Colorado a fullback or h-back. He does not have a preference, saying whatever position gets him on the field is fine with him.

The general school of thought was that Miller was leaning towards staying in-state but he said OSU, Oregon, Colorado and Cal are all even.

"No, I'd say Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Colorado would all be up there," said Miller. "I still kind of feel that way but I consider Cal to be close enough, it's not like the east coast or anything. Colorado, I grew up in Colorado and I still kind of consider Colorado home and my dad still lives in Colorado so that kind of is my home."

Miller said he's also been hearing quite a bit from Washington and Boise State.

A major influence on Miller's decision looks to be the academics a school has to offer, something he said has boosted Cal and Colorado up on his list of favorites.

"Colorado impressed me in how they didn't shy away from recent problems and were open about it -- and also how much they stress academics there," said Miller. "Cal just started recruiting me pretty recently...I don't know too much about them but obviously, they have a great academic school and their football program is pretty good, too."

"That's something that's pretty important to me," said Miller. "To get a good education along with playing football."

Miller will trip to Colorado the weekend of Nov 6, saying he doesn't anticipate a decision to come anytime soon. He "definitely" wants to concentrate on his senior season and take his visits, planning to take most of his trips after Lake Oswego's season comes to a close. Miller has been to Oregon State unofficially on occasion and to the Beavers' summer camp.

MILLER SAID out of all the schools recruiting him, he's gotten to know Oregon State's coaches the best and has heard nothing but good things about Oregon State.

"I like the coaches there a lot," said Miller. "I've probably gotten to know the coaches there the best. I also like the fact there's quite a few people that I know from my high school team that go there. My coach, a lot of my coaches, have been there."

Coaches Mike Riley, Nigel Burton (primary recruiting coach), Greg Newhouse Mark Banker and Kanani Souza were all mentioned by Miller as having made a strong impression.

But Oregon, the only school he's officially visited thus far, has set the bar high. Miller said he's gotten to know the Duck coaches better, enjoyed the "crazy" atmosphere for the USC game and that the facilities were impressive.

"I really liked my visit down there," said Miller. "Probably the loudest stadium I've ever been in. Everything was very professionally done, everything was perfect actually."

UNCOMMON SPEED at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds is one of the attributes that sets Miller apart, clocking a state top-10 time in the high hurdles his junior year with a 15.5 mark.

Says Lake Oswego High coach Steve Coury; "There's just so many things with that size -- and that ability to run -- that he may be able to do at the next level."

Miller scored a 1570 on the SAT.

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