Mass FB/LB Chooses Penn State

Grant Miller wasted no time accepting his football scholarship offer from Penn State. He's never been to State College, but will take an official visit on the 18th.

Name: Grant Miller
Position: FB / RB / LB / DE / PR / KR
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.59
School: Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Peabody, Mass.
Bench Press: 405 pounds

Grant Miller has decided that he would like to play football for the Nittany Lions.

"Yeah, I verbally committed there the other day," Grant said.  "Actually, I just got the letter telling me that I was offered and I am going to verbally commit.  My mom talked to them because I told her that I wanted to commit."

Grant's combination of size, strength and speed allowed him to play several positions for his team this past season.  He's a 3-year starter on both offense and defense.

"I played linebacker, defensive end, fullback and running back.  I missed the first 3 games though, because I had a deep thigh bruise that I got in a scrimmage.

"I had about 70 carries for about 500 yards and 7 or 8 touchdowns.  I got most of my overall yards on kickoff and punt returns.  I returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

"Our team was 6-3. This was our worst season lately.  Last year, we had a loss and a tie, one loss that kept us out of the SuperBowl.  The year before, we had one loss that kept us out of the SuperBowl."

Grant has other scholarship offers from smaller programs.

"I have offers from a few A-10 schools, like UMass, UMaine, UNH and some others."

Penn State has known about Grant for more than a year.

"I first met a coach (Al Golden) last year during my junior year.  He came out to my high school.  This year, I talked to a coach (Bill Kenney) on the phone and I scheduled a visit for the 18th.  I started hearing from Penn State again within the last month and a half."

Grant believes that Penn State is recruiting him as either a linebacker or a fullback, although he does not know for sure.  He does not have a position preference.

Grant chose the Nittany Lions because of "the reputation of Penn State and Coach Paterno". 

He has never been to Penn State and is looking forward to his visit next weekend.

"Everybody I've talked to that went there told me that they enjoyed it."

He's also excited to play in Beaver Stadium in front of 106,000 fans.

His brother, Lee, who is also his high school linebacker's coach, played at UTEP.  His other brother, Chris, played at Amherst College.

Grant is already academically qualified.

To read all LionNews Premium articles, click here and take advantage of the 5-day free trial. Cancel anytime before the 5 days are up and pay nothing.

Fight On State Top Stories