One of the prospects who's emerged on offensive line coach Steve Greatwood's radar is Gilbert (Ariz.) prospect Steve Miler. The three-star tackle told eDuck.com on Wednesday that he's recently established contact with Greatwood and hopes to pick up an offer from the Ducks when they meet next month.
"He said he's coming down to spring ball in Arizona," Miller said. "He talked about coming down in May, I think. He talked a little bit about an offer and how he can't offer anybody until the coaching staff goes down and sees a player in person."
In terms of what the program likes about him, Miller said that he tries to be the best person he can be and lead by example at all times. Nowhere is this more evident than in the classroom.
"I try and keep my grades up," Miller said. "I have a 3.5 GPA. I think that's one thing that sets me apart from a lot of people."
Miller said that he and Greatwood are still getting to know each other, but noted that Oregon is a program he grew up watching and is very intrigued in.
"As a kid in junior high I watched Oregon play," Miller explained. "They win games. There's something different about them that's awesome. They're a great team and it looks like a great place to be with a winning attitude everywhere."
It's those factors that could bring Miller and his family to Eugene for a visit in the near future.
"They want to try and go up there and visit Eugene soon," Miller said. "I don't know when. We're just waiting on some financial stuff. I'm going down to [Arizona] next weekend or in the next couple of weekends, and I'm going to ASU too."
Miller currently holds offers from Arizona State, BYU and San Diego State, all of which he's in weekly contact with. In addition to them, he's receiving plenty of attention from a number of Pac-12 programs.
Miller mentioned ASU and BYU as the schools being most aggressive in recruiting him.
"ASU is kind of pushing that 'hometown hero'," Miller said. "They really want me to go there."
But, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior admitted he isn't focused on being a hometown hero. In fact, he just wants an opportunity to play, even if that means playing somewhere other than tackle.
"If a coach thinks I can do well in a certain area, then that's where I think I should be," Miller said. "To me it really doesn't matter as long as I get a chance or opportunity to play and make an impact."
Miller envisions making a decision sometime during his senior season.