UT Underdog For No. 1 Tight End

Does any major college football power need a target at tight end more than the Tennessee Volunteers? Is there any tight end in the Class of 2004 that's a getter target than Zach Miller of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, AZ?

The emphatic "No" answer to both of those questions should favor UT when Zach Miller announces his decision Wednesday. Unfortunately, that's not the case even though Zach Miller had nice things to say about Tennessee in an interview with The Insiders Jamie Newberg on Sunday.

"Tennessee also has playing opportunity," said Miller, who caught 45 passes for 700 yards and seven TDs as a senior. "They run a great program and I like Coach (Greg) Adkins over there."

The competition is solid with Arizona State having the home field edge in terms of location and in the fact Zach's older brother Brent was signed by the Sun Devils in 2003. Miami and Oklahoma are established title contenders. Miller likes the Canes "tight end tradition" and the city of Miami. Oklahoma has immediate playing time available.

UCLA is also in the picture but the unsettled coaching situation works against the Bruins.

In addition to the good job Greg Atkins is doing recruiting Miller it's worth noting that Eric Ainge, the Hillboro, Oregon, quarterback who committed to the Vols last month, is also working to sway Miller to Tennessee's way.

"I'm getting a call here one of these days with Tennessee prospects to call," he said. "I'm actually pretty close to Zach Miller who is probably the best tight end in the country and I'm working on him right now."

The gridiron gods help those who help themselves.

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