Defensive end Julian Miller out of Columbus (Ohio) Beechcroft has picked up his first two scholarship offers. The 6-foot-5, 222-pounder picked them up from the Big East and Big Ten.
"He has been offered by Illinois and Cincinnati," said Beechcroft head coach Tom Dunlap. "He hasn't said too much about the offers, but I know he's looked into both schools some. I think he is just a little overwhelmed by all the interest, this is the earliest a player at our schools has gotten an offer."
Besides offers, Miller is receiving interest from schools including Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Iowa and others.
The versatile prospect is athletic as he is a basketball player and hurdler for Beechcroft. What else makes him stand out on the football field?
"I can say that Julian is probably the prototype defensive end teams are looking for," he said. "He is tall, has long arms and good speed. He can also change direction really well and knows how to chase down a play even if it's going in the opposite direction. That ability is particularly important now as more quarterbacks are a threat to run and then he still has the ability to drop off in coverage too.
"Besides that, he is a good student and works real hard in the classroom. I see him being a qualifier probably as early as June."
In his first year starting, Miller was named rookie of the year for Beechcroft.
This spring he plans to take in the Nike Camp at Ohio State.