Miller Makes Steady Improvement in Speed

Preston Miller
Midlands Field Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2011
Britton Lynn Midlands Field Reporter

2012 Prospect Preston Miller from Highland Park High School has stayed busy with a number of football camps this summer. The running back participated in the Rice, Texas State, Air Force, and SMU football camps earlier this summer. Miller is also planning on attending the Ole Miss camp on July 23rd, University of Virginia’s camp on July 25th and Colorado State on July 30th.

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Miller is currently talking with a number of schools all over the country his top schools are SMU, Duke, Rice, Princeton, Texas State, UVA, Air Force, Kansas, and Columbia. Although Miller is still waiting to hear back on offers a lot of schools have shown a great deal of interest.

“Rice wants to see my first couple games this season before they give me an offer and that’s how a lot of schools are,” Miller said. “Air Force and Princeton have told me that if I tell them I’m committed to them then they are committed to me. (In other words) if they know that my heart’s in playing for their school then they will offer me. It is just a hesitation on their part because they don’t want to give away an offer to a kid who doesn’t want to play there. I like that they have shown the interest that they do, but its kind of frustrating at the same time.

As far as what position Miller will play at in college he’s said that most schools have told him slot receiver and that he will also have the opportunity to do special teams work. Rice, Air Force and Duke are currently the only schools that can see Miller playing at two positions on the offense—running back and wide receiver. Miller said the schools that can see him playing at more than one offensive position have more of an appeal to him.

“For me one of the biggest parts of a program is the coaching staff,” Miller said. “I really have to like the coaching staff. The program is important too but it digs down into the coaching staff who runs the program and makes the program what it is. Also, I want to go to a good academic school as well. That’s why a school like SMU, Duke and Rice would have more appeal to me than like a Texas State because their academics are a lot better.”

Although academic opportunity is important for Miller, he also noted that there are pros and cons to the schools with some of the toughest academic standards.

“My biggest deal with Ivy League is that it is so far away so it is cold football,” Miller said. “On the other hand, it is the best academic opportunity you can ask for. But then you have to think am I really going to enjoy it? The academics and school work is so hard plus football it can be stressful, so you have to weigh it out. But, I’m not taking them out of the picture. I have a whole year to think about it so its not out of the equation. I haven’t cut any schools off yet. I’m still very open-minded about the process.

Miller is currently talking with the following coaches the most: Rice—Billy Lynch (Wide Receivers) and Rick LaFavers (Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator), Princeton—Andrew Aurich (Running Backs), Air Force—Blane Morgan (Offensive Coordinator/QBs), and Texas Tech—Matt Moore (Offensive Line).

This summer, Miller is determined to make a significant improvement to his speed by continuous sprint work. Miller has already been able to get his 40-yard dash time down to a 4.41 and hopes to get it in the 4.3’s by the end of the summer. He’s also working on his weight training. Miller hopes that his speed will make up for his size in recruiting.

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