Tailback Wants Attention

Lonyae Miller, the 5-11 1/2 and 200 pound running back from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser, knew he had to show well in his senior year. After a good first game, Miller, though, isn't satisfied, and tells us about the state of his recruitment...

After tearing up the camp and combine circuit during the spring and summer, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser running back Lonyae Miller (5-11 ½, 200) knew that where he needed to prove his mettle was on the field with the pads strapped on.

Facing a talented Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High team in his season opener, led by defensive standouts Devin Ross and Devin Johnson, Miller got off to a good start.

Against Rancho, Miller rushed for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns, though Kaiser came up short.

"They were running nine in the box against me, so I had to earn all of those yards," said Miller.

With several scouts in attendance, Miller felt he did some good things to catch the coaches' eyes.

Since September 1st, though, the first day college coaches could call prsopects, the phone calls haven't been coming as much as he had hoped. "I talked to Arizona and UTEP and then UCLA invited me to the game last weekend," said Miller.

The trip to the Rose Bowl for the Bruins home opener with Rice was an enjoyable experience for Miller. "The game was kind of boring, but personally, it was cool to be there at the game, good to be in that atmosphere. To meet the players, the coaches and be out on the field, that was really cool," said Miller. "I'm hoping I can get to the game on Saturday (against Oklahoma)."

Going up against Rancho Cucamonga had benefits for Miller. "I went up against both Johnson and Ross. They are pretty tough players. Devin Ross is really good in coverage," said Miller.

Though the scholarship offers, and the calls for that matter, continue to lag, Miller is taking it in stride. "I know I'm eventually going to get noticed. So I just keep playing the way I know how and it will all work out," said Miller.

Miller's academics could be the reason why some schools aren't showing a great deal of interest, but Miller said he's improved his GPA to a 2.9.


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