Lonyae Miller Emerges

The 5-11, 200-pound running back, <b>Lonyae Miller</b> was impressive at UCLA's Skills Camp Saturday, and looks to be one of the best running back prospects in the west for 2006. He talks about how prominent UCLA is on his list of schools...

Quite possibly the most physically impressive player at UCLA's Skills Camp this past weekend was Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser running back Lonyae Miller (5-11, 200).

The transfer from Rialto (Calif.) High made his second visit to a UCLA camp, and this time his performance merited considerable mention.

"I went out there and I focused on making an impression on the coaches. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is a tough coach to impress, he really makes you work hard, and hustle. He is a good coach, and wants the best from you," said Miller.

Miller said in conversing with the Bruin staff and hearing what they are looking for in a running back recruit, he believes he fits that bill. "They said they aren't always looking for a 6-2, 225-pound running back, but a back who no matter his size, is explosive, and plays with heart and desire. I fit that description," Miller said.

Miller attended UCLA's 4-Day Camp a year ago, and would like to return this summer, if he doesn't head to Athens for the Georgia Camp.

In fact, the Bulldogs are one of three schools heavily recruiting him, along with UCLA and Arizona State. Miller said, "Those three schools are my top three. UCLA is my top pick, though. I'm pretty much set on them. If UCLA offered, I can't say I wouldn't take it on the spot. My dad wants me to go outside of California, and get away from the distractions, but my mom wants me to stay close to home. And I don't want to make my mom mad," said Miller.

An early commitment would also enable him to avoid a potential distraction. "It would be nice, because it would allow me to focus on my team. Then I'm not stressing about a scholarship."

Miller is set to attend the Nike Camp in Los Angeles later this month, and will return to UCLA for the Adidas Camp at the end of April. At a recent Nike Combine, Miller had the highest overall rating at the end of the day, clocking a 4.44 forty. At the UCLA Skills Camp, he recorded a 4.1 shuttle.

"I want to continue to look strong at the camps, and show what I can do. With the transfer, I'm hoping to prove what I can do. Last year, I rushed for only 900 yards on a 3-7 team (scoring 12 touchdowns), but this year I think I can do a lot better. It's a nice program (at Kaiser) and a good coach and I'm around good kids," said Miller. "I think I'll turn some heads."

Academically, Miller is carrying a 2.8 GPA and took the SAT in March.

"I think I did pretty good on it," he said. "UCLA basically told me that they want to look at my transcripts before they give me an offer, so I hope that everything is all set."


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