Kolton Miller went in to his weekend visit with UCLA with the Bruins on top. The feeling was a strong official trip could seal the deal for the Bruins and that’s exactly what happened.
“Top to bottom, UCLA was just great overall fit for Kolton,” Dan Miller, Kolton’s father said. “UCLA is a class team and a great all around school when you look at the academics and overall athletic program. Jim Mora is an amazing man and a great coach.
“He turned down big money offers from Texas and Washington to stay at UCLA and is definitely in it for the long haul. The players on the team were incredible with Kolton a well. I think being in Los Angeles, we had some preconceived ideas of how it would be but we were both amazed at how down to earth everyone was. Kolton loved the guys on the team and really bonded well with everyone.”
UCLA DL coach Angus McClure did much of the heavy lifting during the year and then OL coach Adrian Klemm was able to seal the deal late.
“We know Angus really well and he was there with Kolton all year,” Miller said. “UCLA didn’t offer until late in the process but Angus kept saying to stay patient and it would come. Kolton really likes Klemm a lot, he’s a great coach and will do a nice job mentoring Kolton as well.
“It was a tough decision for Kolton and having to tell Coach Cavanaugh (Oregon State OL coach) he wasn’t coming was the hardest thing Kolton has ever had to do in his life. They talked almost every day and he loved Coach Cav but UCLA was just too hard to pass up. If there were any issues at all on his visit, he would have tripped to Oregon this weekend and then decided from those three programs.
“That was the thing though, the visit to UCLA was perfect and Kolton was just ready to end it. He was getting tired of the process and felt UCLA was just too good to pass up. Steve Greatwood from Oregon is supposed to come tomorrow to the school but Kolton is done. The biggest thing was I asked him, if we took away football, where would he be most comfortable. From an academic standpoint and location standpoint, UCLA was the clear leader there and that’s why it became a slam dunk decision for Kolton. He’s thrilled to be a Bruin and called this one of the best days of his life.”
In Miller, UCLA is getting one of the region's top tackle prospects with a lot of upside. He's all of 6-8, 300 pounds but can move. He ran a 5.1-40 at the NIKE Camp last summer and jumped 27 inches in the vertical. For a tall lineman he plays with very good knee bend and flexibility and as he continues to fill out his upper body and add strength, he has a chance to be a special player at the next level.