June 12, 2011

Miller sees the offers roll in

For a guy who has only played two games at offensive tackle, Ramona (Calif.) lineman Kwayde Miller is getting a lot of attention from college recruiters. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound Miller holds seven scholarship offers and is becoming one of the hottest offensive line prospects on the West Coast.

"Coaches like my size and versatility," Miller said when asked what has coaches excited about him. "I played tight end throughout my high school career and then my last two games of the last year I switched to offensive tackle. Coaches like my versatility and I have quick feet."

Miller said he knew the move from tight end to tackle was inevitable and one that had been a long time coming. That transition from tight end was sped up by an injury to Ramona's starting left tackle at the end of last year. The coaching staff at Ramona decided to start the transition two games early.

There was enough game film for Miller to secure scholarship offers from Colorado State, Oregon, Oregon State, SDSU, UNLV, Washington State and Wisconsin. However that isn't the limit to the interest he is receiving.

"There are a lot of schools that are sending mail," Miller said. "I think I have a total of 20-something schools sending mail."

This far Miller has not been able to take any visits and doesn't plan to put together a top-10 or top-5 list until after his official visits next year. He does plan to visit Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State this off-season. Miller said he is looking for a school that offers a strong academic reputation (he wants to major in sports science of political science), a family-oriented atmosphere and nice facilities.

"I am looking at how good the team is, how good the school is and what sorts of facilities they have," Miller said.

Colorado State quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson is recruiting Miller for the Rams. The Romona roadgrader said CSU has a shot with him.

"I talked to the quarterbacks coach and he said you can add us to our list (of offers)," Miller said. "My coach said they offered. All the schools have a shot so far. I am going to explore all my options. It doesn't matter if it is San Diego State, Colorado State or Oregon."

Miller said he runs a 4.93 and squats 430 pounds. He has scored a 3.3 grade-point average and has taken a college entrance exam, but is awaiting the results.

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