Great Work Ethic Defines SC OL

One of the developing trends this season among the top players in South Carolina is a big body, a strong desire to win and amazing achievements in the classroom. Eau Claire junior offensive lineman Michael Miller is no exception and has done the hard work on and off the field.

One of the developing trends this season among the top players in South Carolina is a big body, a strong desire to win and amazing achievements in the classroom. Eau Claire offensive lineman Michael Miller is no exception and has done the hard work on and off the field.

Miller is a 6'4", 295 lbs. offensive linemen playing on both sides of the ball for the Shamrocks. In many games this past season, he rarely left the field and oftentimes played special teams as well as offense and defense. Running a 5.0 flat forty and benching over 290 lbs, Michael recorded 65 tackles and 7 sacks on defense and graded out well each week as an offensive tackle.

"2002 was a disappointment for our team" Miller stated. "We never got together as a team and never developed good team chemistry. We lacked leadership but that will change in 2003."

Eau Claire made a coaching change after last season and will look to a new staff to build upon the talent that is part of the program. Eau Claire has implemented a new program that requires students to maintain a constant 2.0 GPA or they are not allowed to participate in extra curricular activities. This has hurt that Eau Claire with a lack of numbers in the past year.

"We will be ready in 2003 and you can write that down. We are working in the weight room and making sure we hit the books hard this semester," Michael shares with us. Eau Claire will have a new coach, a new system and according to Michael a new attitude. "We have been in the working out every day and with 95% of our team back, we have bonded as a team and we want to bring winning and tradition back to Eau Claire High School."

The All Region performer has heard from programs all over the South regarding his college plans. South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Clemson are among the 20 plus colleges that have been in contact. Miller attended the Junior Day last month at USC and will visit Vanderbilt this weekend. Micheal also has been invited to Junior Day at Colorado later this spring.

Michael is very excited about the recruiting process in the months to come. "South Carolina is my current favorite by far. I know Demetrius (Summers), Noah (Whitesides) and my man Syvelle (Newton) and it would be great to join those guys. Coach Skip Holtz is my recruiter and he is great guy that you can trust. I only have one letter from Clemson and they have not been in contact much. USC was the first to contact me and that will mean a lot in the end."

Miller carries a solid 3.3 GPA in college prep courses and is scheduled for the SAT on April 5th. He will camp this summer at USC, Maryland and possibly Georgia. His college plans include majoring in Pharmacy and enjoying the entire college experiences.

But first comes the 2003 season and his senior season. "We want the administration to find us the best coach possible, we want a strong spring practice and we will work out hard to prepare for the season. We are going to shock people this fall."

With Miller leading the Shamrocks, we are confident the team's fortunes will be way up in 2003.

Best of luck to Michael and Eau Claire this year.


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