Colorado OT talks WSU spring game and more

A COLORADO O-LINEMAN with a crimson offer was in Pullman last weekend, but not before taking in the Crimson & Gray game in Spokane. CF.C spoke to the 6-7 hoss about his unofficial trip, recruitment and connection with a Washington State quarterback on the roster.

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Junior Isaac Miller out of Longmont, Colo. is an athletic offensive tackle prospect whose 6-7 frame screams o-tackle in Mike Leach's offense.

The Silver Creek High standout packed his bags with plenty of excitement as he and his father traveled to Spokane on Friday. The two stayed the night there before heading to Joe Albi on Saturday to see the Cougs in action.

Miller, rated three stars by, was very impressed with what he saw.

"It was kind of weird because I couldn't talk with the coaches because of the rules (no off-campus contact at this time of year), but it was a fun experience," Miller said. "I liked what I saw on the field and I love the offense that Washington State runs.

"They throw the ball around like they do at my high school (330 pass attempts last season), which forces the lineman to do a lot of pass blocking. That's one of my strengths."

Shortly after the final whistle, Miller and his dad got straight on the highway and headed for Pullman, where they were greeted by Leach and offensive line coach Clay McGuire.

"They showed me around campus and I couldn't get a really great idea because of all the construction, but they're getting new facilities. They showed me an outline of it and what they had before. It's going to be a really nice when it's all done and it will be a big jump for them."

THE HIGHLIGHT OF his time at Wazzu was meeting with the coaches, Miller said.

"I met primarily with Coach McGuire, but I also talked with Coach Leach for a while, which was definitely a good thing... He and Coach McGuire were saying how I'm the talk of the town and how they want me to come play there. They're both good guys."

MILLER CHECKS IN at 6-7, 250-pounds. He may currently be undersized for Pac-12 ball, but his frame, athletic ability and quick feet led to the WSU offer.

"I'm tall and athletic and the coaches think I can put the weight I need to on quickly because of my frame," Miller said. "They like my versatility and think I can be successful in the way they run their offense.

"They're recruiting me as more of a tackle because of my height and there's actually a possibility I could grow more. I''d like to play tackle in college, but I'm willing to play anywhere. I just want to be able to help out a team."

AN EXTRA RECRUITER the Cougars have in their corner is redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Apodaca. The Wazzu QB hails from the same high school as Miller and has been in his ear of late trying to talk up the Cougs.

"I was a sophomore when he was a senior, but I know him well," Miller said. "He's a great leader on the field. I know he likes it up there a lot and he's been telling me a lot of great things. At the same time, he's telling me it's my decision. Obviously he talks the place up, but he's not putting any pressure on me."

In addition to WSU, Miller holds offers from Colorado, Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Other schools showing interest include Michigan State and Purdue, who Miller unofficially visited two weeks ago. Miller said he plans on taking his time with his decision.

"As of right now I really don't have any leaders," Miller said. "I'm just looking at all the schools interested in me and what they have to offer. I have a lot to think about."

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The WSU coaching staff are hitting the recruiting trail hard this week. Yesterday, CF.C reported that assistant Dennis Simmons was at Centennial High in California, talking with their coaches about three-star cornerback Denzel Fisher. In addition, coaches Clay McGuire and David Yost traveled to Sacramento, where speedy running back Calvin Green (5-10, 175) of Burbank High School resides.

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