Since Brother Rice (Mich.) defeated Muskegon (Mich.) at Ford Field back in November to win their third consecutive Division 2 state title, 6-foot-3, 225 pound junior defensive and offensive lineman, Marc Miller has been on the recruiting trail.
Miller’s most recent visits took place this past weekend when he visited Grand Valley State University (Division 2) and Bowling Green State University and while recapping his visits, Miller was quick to admit that he enjoyed both visits.
“I visited Grand Valley State last Friday and it was a nice surprise because I had never been there before and didn’t know much about it.” Miller said. “Once I got there, I really enjoyed myself, the coaches were very nice and easy to talk to, they were also very open and honest. “
“My visit to Bowling Green State this part Saturday was just as great. It was my second visit to the school but since I was the only high school athlete there, I got a chance to spend some good time with several coaches. They even had a full scrimmage which was fun to watch. “
Miller also added that both programs have a lot to offer, despite one being division 1 and the other being division 2.
“Although GVSU is a Division 2 school, their facilities are just as good as any Division 1 schools.” Miller replied. “They have an amazing indoor field and big stadium. They have a great football program who is known to win consistently and they are always at the top of Division 2. Plus I like the fact that the campus was nice and that it is close to home.”
“When it comes to BGSU, I like the fact that they are a winning program with great talent and great new coaching staff. The campus is nice and I like that it is close to home. I would have to say at this time, BGSU is one of my top choices.”
Now as of right now, Miller only has an offer from Kentucky Christian, but he is constantly gaining interest from other schools like Northern Illinois, Ball State, Illinois State, Indiana State, Penn, Cornell, Robert Morris, Bucknell, Saginaw Valley State, Holy Cross and Brown.
In fact, this weekend Miller has two upcoming visits, the first visit is to Northern Illinois this Friday and the second visit is to Illinois State this Saturday. When I asked Miller what he hopes to get out of these upcoming visits, he made it very clear that he will be looking to see how interested both are in him.
“Going into these visits, I hope I get some direct attention from the coaches so I can tell if they are really interested, like BGSU and GVSU are.” Miller said. “I also want to see their facilities and sit in a team meeting. Of course, I would like to leave with an offer.”
Although, Miller is enjoying the recruiting process and the recruiting trips, he says his main focus is still on becoming a better football player.
“It’s the off-season, so my main focus is on improving my game and competing with other top players in the state.” Miller replied. “Right now, I am working on my foot speed, quickness, strength, because even though I play both sides of the ball, schools want me on defense as a 3 technique. I am also lifting, putting on muscle, because last year I played at 250 pounds and this season I want to play at 260 pounds.”
“Besides that, I want to improve for the upcoming camps that I have coming up. I was invited to attend the Rivals Under Armour camp which takes place on April 27th and I have been invited to the Michigan Elite Big Man Challenge which takes place on May 17. Then I am also getting ready for the various college camps in June that I will be attending.”
So as you can see, Miller has a busy schedule ahead of him, so don’t be surprised if you here his name more often as his recruiting process continues.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit