TE Prospect Zach Miller

He's getting known as one of the best tight ends in the country, and one of the elite recruits in the west. Arizona's <b>Zach Miller</b> is getting loads of recruiting attention and has no problem leaving the state...

Zach Miller, TE, 6-5, 240. Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista, is regarded by many as the top tight end in the nation in the Class of 2004, and with the early hype, is being pursued by a Who's-Who of college football.

"I just got off the phone with Miami earlier," said Miller, who also hearing from Arizona State, Ohio State, Michigan, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, UCLA and USC.

He currently has offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Michigan, Miami and Washington, and expects more from the other schools mentioned. "Its been pretty cool so far, talking with a lot of schools. It's been a good process," said Miller.

Miller mentioned UCLA and that Coach Bernardi has sent him a handful of handwritten letters, and that it is a school he says will be involved in his selection.

His top two schools at the moment are Arizona State and Miami, both schools known for successful tight ends at the collegiate level and then in the pros. And both schools frequent use of the tight end in the offensive scheme is something that has caught his eye. "I want to see how much a tight end is involved in the offense, how many catches a game he is getting, whether they are catch first or block first," said Miller. "And I'll also look at academics, coaching staff, especially position coaches since I'll spend a lot of my time with them the next four years. And then how those schools prepare their players for the NFL."

With both of the Los Angeles schools recruiting him and a host of national schools as well, Miller has no problem leaving the state or staying close to home. "I'll go where its best for me, and my parents said they will back me wherever I choose to go."

Miller participated in the Nike Camp in Los Angeles in April, his second trip to a Nike Camp. "I went to the Nike Camp at Stanford last year as a sophomore, so when I went to the one in Los Angeles, I knew what to expect, what to prepare for and to be ready," Miller said. He tested well, running a 4.26 shuttle, benching 20 reps and jumping 28 inches in the vertical, while skipping the 40.

For now, the only other camp on his schedule is the ASU one-day camp, with no immediate plans for any other camps.

Miller has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 24 on his ACT, making him fully qualified.

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