January 3, 2011

Hard hitting Miller ready for his official visit to Army

Like Army captain and middle linebacker Stephen Anderson's journey through his senior year of high school, Mason Miller has flown under the recruiting radar.

And very much like Anderson, the 6-foot-3, 230 pounds prospect hits like a Mack truck, but unlike Anderson, the Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza prospect already has the size to play linebacker at the next level.

Unfortunately, due to ACL injury, Miller only played 3 games this season, but that did has not deterred the Army coaching staff's interest in Miller.

"His first few games he was our leading tackler by a long shot," says Esperanza' Head Coach, Greg Kemp.

"He really gotten to be a great downhill player and read the ball well, and use his size to punish runner. His senior player was cut short and whoever gets him will be getting a talented player. Without of ton of tape on him, so whoever picks him up will be a steal for them."

"We already have Hayden Pierce and Todd McDonald at their prep school; both will be at West Point next year. It helps knowing guys that are there and have the ability to talk to guys you are familiar with."

Miller's recruiting for the Black Knights is being handled by Co-defensive coordinator, Payam Saadat. "I really like him … he's a nice guy," shares Miller, who will take his official visit to Army on January 28th.

Currently Miller has one football offer and that's from Army, but he a track offer from the Bruins of UCLA. But if Miller's decision comes down to playing football, he appears to be leaning towards Army.

Getting Miller as part of the 2011 recruiting class would be a very nice pick up for the staff, especially if he is accompanied as part of the class with another quality linebacker in Cody McCarthy who visits on the 28th as well.

"I really like the Army program and they have done much better and I like their bowl win," declares Miller, who is being recruited in a different role. "Army is recruiting me as a DE, but when asked what position he prefers, Miller simply said, "defense … I just like to hit; I'm a very intense players. Defensive wise, I like how Ray Lewis plays."

In addition to keeping an eye on Army's football season via television and online, Miller was a guest of the Black Knights during the Army-Navy game.

He indicated that he will make his college decision after he takes his official visits and GBK will provide you with an update as soon as it unfolds.


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