Miller's Interest in Penn State Brewing

The Class of 2015 defensive end is set to visit Happy Valley this weekend. What does he hope to see from the Nittany Lions?

Tuesday was a busy day for Frankford High (Philadelphia, Pa.) defensive end Shareef Miller. The Class of 2015 prospect worked all morning and spent the late afternoon on the football field.

The latter is where he's spent most of his summer. Whether it's been at college camps, informal practices or team workouts, it's been the best part of his summer, too. He's quickly seeing the results.

Miller added weight to his 6-foot-4 frame, checking in near the start of the Pioneers' summer camp at 213 pounds. His speed and strength have seen the greatest improvement, he explained, because that's what he focused on.

Saturday, his focus will turn to Penn State. Previously scheduled camps kept him away from University Park during Penn State's June camp cycle. But with all of them wrapped up, he'll trek with Frankford coach William Doggett for a day with the Nittany Lions.

"I started hearing from them in July; that's when my coach told me he was talking to them," Miller explained. "I want to learn how the college lifestyle is there, and the different things they do football-wise.

"I want to check out what they do at their football practice, and study everything they do on the field and off of it."

That's not all he'll do if he has his way, though. The junior-to-be added that he hopes to spend time with defensive line coach Larry Johnson, defensive coordinator John Butler and head coach Bill O'Brien. He also would like to speak with academic counselors, and discover more about State's academic lineup. If all of those points are checked off, he'll consider it a successful visit.

Buffalo, Massachusetts, Old Dominion and Rutgers have extended verbal scholarship offers to the prospect, and he believes that's a credit to his football IQ if nothing else.

"I'm very smart and know the game," he explained. "For people that have never seen me play, they should know that I'm very smart, coachable and am fast off the end.

"I watch different types of college defensive line drills, watch what they do in the [NFL], and take the drills from different colleges and do them at home. I feel like my footwork and technique are best."

Miller had 13 sacks and 55 tackles last season. This fall, he's aiming for 25 and 85, respectively.

He's also gunning to lead Frankford to its first Philadelphia City championship since 1982, a task and goal he and his teammates have worked toward all winter. It's also why he will put his recruitment in the backseat during the season.

His trip to University Park comes before all of that. Before his season can get off on the right foot, he wants his day with the Lions to, as well.

"I want to talk to the coaches about the organization, and I want to learn about the school and the academic requirements," Miller said. "My grades are good, and I want to look into what options they have. I want to go into business, I think, but I'm not really sure yet.

"Their football team is great, but their fans are really crazy. They are one big family there, and that's something that is very important to me."

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