Vanceboro (N.C.) West Craven defensive end Gerard Miller isn't rated as highly as some of the other top players in the state, but his offer list is certainly impressive. His commitment to NC State gives the Pack a huge boost.
"He really likes NC State a lot, and he really feels like he's going to be part of something big there," said West Craven head coach Clay Jordan. "Staying close to home was a factor because he wants his parents to be able to see him play."
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Miller runs the 40-yard dash in as fast as 4.67 seconds and his strength is quickly improving. Miller, long considered to be an NC State lean, also had offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and others.
The Pack has been stingy with scholarship offers this year because of roster limitations, so the staff thinks very highly of Miller. He hasn't garnered the same recognition as in-state linemen DeMario Pressley or Marque Hall, but some high school coaches in the state think he has almost as much potential at the next level.
He's still realizing his potential, but he has plenty of it. With the speed to consistently beat offensive tackles and the strength and technique to help stuff the run, Miller is a huge addition to NC State's 2004 recruiting class.
"NC State won't have to worry about discipline with him, he always does what he should. They got a young man with great character who's a pleasure to coach, and just a super kid."