December 17, 2007

Tough decision ahead for Miller

For junior college defensive tackle Swanson Miller, the dead period that starts today couldn't have come at a better time. Miller, who will be making a decision this week, has seen his stock skyrocket in the last few weeks and has seen first-hand how hectic the recruiting world can be.

"There's a lot of pressure right now," said the four-star recruit. "It's going to be a hard decision to make."

Having recently visited West Virginia, Miller's travel schedule this weekend gave hectic an entirely new meaning, visiting Oklahoma State on Friday and flying to visit Texas Tech on Saturday night, squeezing two official visits into one weekend.

Though he didn't arrive in Lubbock until late Saturday evening, the big athlete says he still had plenty of fun.

"I went and hung out with some of the football players and got to know some of them and see how things are," he explained. "Daniel Howard and L.A. Reed showed me around town and took me to a couple of the other football players' houses and stuff."

"This morning they picked me up at about nine and we went to eat breakfast," said Miller. "Then we went around the campus. It's nice and it's big. I got a chance to talk to each one of the coaches too. Then after that we just chilled."

With him for most of his time in Lubbock was pass rusher extraordinaire Daniel Howard, who transferred to Tech from Butler C.C., which also happens to be Miller's current home.

"I didn't know him that well when we were at Butler," Miller said of Howard. "But we hung out a lot this weekend. We didn't play together or anything at Butler, but we knew each other. We didn't know much about each other though. But it was nice to see somebody from where I come from."

And according to the defensive tackle, Howard was able to give him some valuable insight.

"He's helped me understand better how everything is around here," said Miller. "Just about how the coaches work around here and how everything goes."

For now it appears that Miller has narrowed it down to West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State, all of whom are hoping that Miller could be the answer to their interior defensive line depth issues. Miller will fly back home to Florida on Monday and make a decision by Wednesday.

"I mean, I really like all of the schools," he explained. "Well, not all of them, but the ones I have in my top three- they're all equal. I don't know specifically what is going to factor into my decision, but we're just going to try to evaluate each school and see which school best fits me. I'm just going to sit down, pray about it, talk to my parents, and make sure I make the decision that's best for me."

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