Tyler Miller: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
By Brandon Hurley
While the general public knew of his college decision more than a year ago, Greene County’s Tyler Miller can officially say he’s an Iowa State Cyclone.
The three-star offensive lineman signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday, Dec. 18 on early signing day, away from major fan fare or celebration during a small, family get-together at his home in Paton, becoming the first local football prep to ink a full-ride, Division I scholarship.
Miller is listed as Iowa’s eighth ranked Class of 2020 athlete by 24/7 Sports, also garnering scholarship offers from Minnesota, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Purdue, Virginia and UCF.
The offensive tackle verbally committed to play for ISU back in November of 2018, citing the strong relationship he built with the Cyclone coaching staff. He also was inspired by the program’s growth. The Cyclones will play in their straight bowl game Saturday, Dec. 28 against Notre Dame. They finished the regular season 7-5 overall.
Cyclone head coach Matt Campbell released a prepared statement through social media Wednesday, touching on Miller’s untapped potential. Miller will graduate from the Greene County High School following the current semester, enrolling in classes in Ames early.
“One of the very best players in the state of Iowa, Tyler Miller will be joining our football program in January, and we are thrilled to welcome him,” Campbell said. “He and his family believed in our program for a long time, and he will fit our culture perfectly. He has tremendous size and athleticism, but more importantly, his toughness and work ethic will help us continue to develop the offensive line position.”
Miller will gain some extra reps in a Division I weight training program and also should get some time with his new teammates during spring practices.
The six-foot-nine-inch, 300 pound senior anchored a Greene County line that was near the top of the state the last two years. The Rams tallied a 17-4 record along the way, averaging more than 35 points each of the two seasons, while also recording the school district’s first-ever playoff win this fall. Greene County’s offense compiled a school-record 4,188 yards during the 2019 campaign, bolstered by a record 2,403 passing yards and 1,785 rushing yards,
Greene County head coach Caden Duncan, who only had one season with the Division I-bound Miller, was impressed with his growth over the last handful of months.
“This young man has matured a lot since I met him less than a year ago,” Duncan said on Twitter Dec. 18. “I”m very proud of him. (I’m) extremely excited to see him continue to develop at ISU. Big things ahead for you (Tyler Miller).”
Iowa State’s 2020 recruiting class, complete with 22 commits, is ranked 43rd in the nation by 24/7 Sports and sixth overall in the Big 12.
Miller and Petersen join fellow Iowans Hunter Dekkers (four star, West Sioux) and Cole Pedersen (Central Decatur) in Iowa State’s 2020 class.
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell shared a few words on the overall class at a signing day celebration Wednesday, Dec. 18.
“Building continuity, developing that relationship and knowing what we are looking for,” the coach said. “Today is just a starting point for building the future of our program. - Campbell said at signing day celebration.”
Miller was one of four offensive lineman ISU signed Wednesday, which also includes Sam Rengert, a three-star, 6-7, 300 pound offensive tackle from Milford Center, Ohio, Brady Petersen, also a three-star offensive tackle from Ankeny Centennial and fellow early enrollee, Hayden Pauls, a 6-5, 280 pound tackle from Emporia, Kansas. It’s an encouraging sign for a program hoping to build a strong foundation.
“This state breeds offensive lineman and we are at a point now where we are competing to get the top guys,” ISU offensive line coach Jeff Myers said Dec. 18. “We are excited to add (these) guys.”
Myers and the entire offensive coaching staff is impressed most with Miller’s size and athleticism. They’re thrilled he’s committed to enrolling early as well, moving onto campus in January.
“Tyler is as big as they come,” Myers said. “He’s done a really good job at developing over his time in high school. He was a basketball guy, skinny, but he’s done a really good job in the weight room and with (his) flexibility and mobility.”
Myers even hinted at Miller having a chance at putting himself into the mix for playing time next fall. Iowa State will need to replace four from their offensive line group in 2020. What sets Miller apart is that aforementioned size – he’s already three inches taller than any of ISU’s current offensive line starters.
“The thing I like about Tyler is he has an edge to him,” Myers said. “He has that toughness factor we are looking for. I think it’ll be huge for him coming mid-year and to hit the ground running. With us losing four seniors, there’s going to be a lot of competition. It’ll be good to add him in.”