Last season 2012 DT/ATH Brendon Miller was dynamic on the field for coach Bruce Clark's Boiling Springs Bulldogs. The 6'0 255 pound defensive tackle amassed 101 tackles and 9 sacks. His work in the weight room is equally impressive as he's one of the strongest prospects we've encountered on the high school level in quite some time. We caught up with Miller this past week to introduce the recruiting world to this promising prospect.
Miller's weight room achievements thus far are astonishing. With a bench press of 405 pounds and squat of 625 pounds Miller has professional type strength as a teenager. The freakish numbers he's posted in the weight room translated well to the field.
Some regional colleges are already recruiting Miller and he talked about those schools and the ones he's visited with already.
"I'm hearing from Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, South Carolina State, and Coastal Carolina. Gardner-Webb, South Carolina State, and Georgia Southern are recruiting me the hardest right now. Gardner-Webb said they are pretty much going to offer me soon."
"I've visited Duke and Gardner-Webb already. I liked Gardner-Webb's stadium and weight room. Duke has a nice stadium and nice meeting rooms too."
Still early in the recruiting process Miller says he's established good relationships with a couple of coaches.
"I'm pretty tight with the coaches from Georgia Southern and South Carolina State so far."
Last year was a pretty successful run for Miller and tbe Bulldogs and he said that his last game proved to be one of his very best during his junior season.
"My best game was the first round of the playoffs against Lexington and Shaq Roland. What made it memorable for me is the way I got warmed up and fired off the ball. I went hard every play and made a lot of plays."
Although Roland is the #1 player in the state for 2012 Miller says another opponent proved to be his toughest last season.
"The toughest player that I have went against would have to be Patrick Destefano from Dorman. He was a tough match up because he went just as hard as I did every play. We made each other work every play."
With Miller already hearing from a number of regional programs there remains a few others he says that he'd like to hear from soon.
"I want to hear more from Tennessee, Duke, ECU, Furman, and NC State."
Miller says that location, early playing time, education, and style of play will all prove to be major factors in his decision making process. As of right now he's uncertain of a timetable as to when he'll make a decision.
The 2012 prospect also is strong in the classroom reporting a 3.0 GPA currently and scored a 22 on the ACT.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Brendon Miller and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State so keep it dialed in right here!
Kerry's Take: Right now Miller could easily play defensive tackle for regional schools and some mid-majors. He's an obvious playmaker in the trenches having competed against some of the top AAAA teams in the state. I feel though that he's got the body, strength, and adequate speed to be a big time fullback prospect. Reminds me in terms of strength and size of former Byrnes standout LB Chad Diehl who has moved to fullback at Clemson and currently projects as one of the top fullbacks in college football next season. Being so versatile Miller appears to have options and that's exactly what most college coaches love having on their roster.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...BRENDON MILLER
Bench press: 405 pounds
Squat: 625 pounds
Power clean: 290 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.81 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.46 seconds