A few months ago few had paid any attention to Vanceboro (N.C.) West Craven defensive lineman Gerard Miller. But now that Miller has offers from just about every school in the region, he can't be overlooked.
Miller hasn't had the publicity of DeMario Pressley or Marque Hall for most of his senior season, but with offers from the likes of Florida State, Tennessee, NC State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and others, he's now the talk of the state with regards to recruiting.
"I know I haven't gotten the attention of some of the other guys in North Carolina," said Miller. "But I have the stats and scholarships to prove that I can do a lot at the next level. The only thing I can do is go out and prove that I'm as good as anyone else in the state."
Who leads for the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman?
"I would have to say NC State and Florida State are the two I'm most interested in now," he said. "There are a lot of others that have offered that I'm interested in, but I really like the coaching staffs at NC State and FSU. They know a ton about the game and I love their aggressive attitudes when it comes to the game."
It's not known whether Miller will play defensive end or tackle at the next level. He's currently 265 pounds, but has excellent mobility, running the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He'll be able to carry around 285 or 290 at the next level, so his potential is incredible.
"Recruiting seems to get to be a bigger part of my weekly routine as time goes on," he said. "I think schools have had more of a chance to watch me play or look at film."
Since last year Miller has recorded 130 tackles and 23 sacks.