Miller's Visits, UCLA Offer

Roseville (Calif.) offensive lineman Kolton Miller has had a busy December filled with official visits and home visits. The mammoth tackle was in Oregon State over the weekend for his second official visit of the year...

Kolton Miller is a very intriguing lineman who brings a very unique skill set to the table. He's all of 6-8, and 305 pounds but, for a lineman that tall, he has very good lateral mobility, doesn't play high but can get low and is a solid run blocker.

The danger in a lot of tackles over 6-6 is it's tough for them to move well laterally but Miller plays like someone who used to play tight end but kept growing and was eventually moved to tackle. He plays with low pad level, can get out of his stance and plays with an advanced technique for a high school lineman.

Miller took his first visit to Wisconsin earlier in the month and checked out Oregon State over the weekend.

"He really liked it a lot there," Dan Miller, Kolton's father said. "The people at Oregon State is what makes it so special. They have an amazing staff from Coach Riley all the way down. Kolton is very comfortable with Coach Cav (Mike Cavanaugh) and knows he's the kind of coach that will look out for him, on and off the field.

"Cav is a great OL coach, he puts players in the NFL and is the kind of guy that will kick you in the butt but do it in a loving way at the same time. It just felt like family there and that's big for us.

"Coach Riley will graduate his players and prepare them well for life after football. They're all a bunch of classy, stand up guys and like I said, Kolton really appreciated that and felt comfortable with everyone he met."

Along with the two official visits, the Miller house has been frequent stop for colleges all over the country.

"Wisconsin, Oregon State and Arizona all came in twice," Dan Miller said. "Nebraska, California and Arizona State came in once and they all really want Kolton to take an official visit next month. Right now, it looks like he's going to visit UCLA (Jan. 17), they just offered last night and that's a great school.

"Kolton talked to Coach (Adrian) Klemm a couple of times and he was the one that offered and we already have a great relationship with Angus McClure. Angus has been talking with Kolton all year and telling us to stay patient and an offer could come and sure enough, it came yesterday. It's a little late in the game, but it's not too late, the timing was good and now it's just about building a relationship and seeing how UCLA fits him."

Miller took unofficial visits over the spring/summer to Arizona, ASU, Nevada, UCLA and USC already. With two visits left after UCLA, Miller said both Arizona schools along with Cal and Nebraska are all vying for one of the last few spots.

"We're just going to play it out and see how many more visits he'll take," Dan Miller said. "He might decide after the UCLA trip that he has seen enough and decide from among those three trips. He could decide to take one more visit, we just don't know. I don't think he'll take all five, Kolton is the kind of kid that doesn't like to be the center of attention and once he finds the right spot that will be it for him.

"Kolton is looking for a place where he's comfortable with the players and coaches, a family environment, great academics and a nice location. Those are the main four things he's looking for. Wisconsin had all that and Oregon State did as well.

"Wisconsin is a little further away but they have great acemics and a phenomenal coaching staff. Both schools provided a family environment and can get players to the pros. Now we'll see what happens at UCLA and then just go from there."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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