Tyler Miller update: Purdue interest gives Greene Co. prospect fifth D-I offer as season nears
By BRANDON HURLEY
Greene County’s offensive line will be a tad bit beefier this fall, in terms of size and expectations.
If it hadn’t before, the hoopla certainly has reached uncharted waters now.
Junior tackle Tyler Miller (Class of 2020) picked up his fifth Division I scholarship offer last week, as Purdue University threw its hat into the ring chasing the blossoming recruit.
The 6’9, 280 pound two-way player made a name for himself in the offseason, thriving at several notable camps as he ascended the recruiting ranks. He’s planted himself firmly as a three-star recruit (according to 24/7 Sports) and is the fourth-rated 2020 prospect in the state of Iowa.
Purdue joins fellow Division I programs Iowa State, Nebraska, Cincinnati and Central Florida who have offered while FBS program South Dakota State has also extended a scholarship to the underclassman. The University of Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas State have all shown interest as well, but have yet to offer a scholarship. For those counting at home, that’s eight Division I, Power 5 schools that are in some way or another in pursuit of the Paton-Churdan student.
The entire process has been surreal for Miller, as he’s sure to draw even more attention throughout the fall.
“It’s pretty amazing,” he said Monday. “I’m really blessed just to have the opportunity to have the next level coaches look at me like that. That’s not my number one goal. I haven’t really been paying attention. Right now, it’s to get better and work on some technique and focus on the team.”
A renewed sense of urgency in the weight room allowed Miller to gain nearly 50 pounds since he last hit the high school gridiron. He’s much more than just a tall body, he’s filled out and provides an even bigger presence on the field.
Miller’s recruitment has generated a number of residual effects throughout the Greene County program, second-year head coach Mitch Moore said. He’s created a stir throughout the county.
“(It’s) Incredible,” the coach said. “We might coach here for 40 years and we might not have another guy that has this type of talent and the type of dimensions he has. He’s 6’9”, 280 pounds and he can absolutely run, he can bend. There’s nothing Tyler Miller can’t do.
He’s strong, he’s tough-minded, he’s physical. And he’s taken that next step and now he’s a leader, and more importantly, in the last week, I’ve seen him coaching other guys. Last year, he couldn’t coach himself.”
Miller will pave the way for a dynamic backfield – the elusive Colby Kafer and the brute force of Clint Dennhardt, who is shifting to running back for his senior season.
Miller isn’t a one dimensional player, either. He’s a giant on the defensive line as well, exploding into backfields with shocking regularity last fall, at the 3A level to boot. That may become even more of a common occurrence in 2A the next two years. Moore is thrilled to trot him out on defense again
“He’s getting recruited as an offensive tackle, but I tell our coaches everyday, he is the best defensive end I’ve seen in a long time at this level,” the coach said. “You can’t (block) him.”
Greene County opens the 2018 campaign battling for the Cowbell Friday, Aug. 24 at Perry.