Friday, July 22, 2005

K-State DE recruit comes home


Defensive End Ricky Miller was a highly recruited 6'3 230 LB out of Tustin, Ca in 2002. After his redshirt year, he started one game as a Fr, and was ready to emerge as a solid player. Coaches switched him to DE, he got upset and left the program. At first Miller thought of transferring to UCLA, but ended up at Orange Coast JC. This past spring, Miller, now 6'31/2 260, signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas State. He was in Kansas for spring, but told coaches K-State was not right for him. Since he did not obtain a AA degree, he did not have to honor his letter of intent. Hence, he returns back to his original commitment, Fresno State.

Virtually a walk on, Miller must earn a scholarship. His presence alone solidifies a suspect DL. If Miller continues with his plans, enrolls this falls and walks on, he should develop into the pass DE FS needs. If he emerges into a strong DE, that will allow Garrett McIntyre to move back to DT during passing situations, and improve depth at DT. As it stands now backing starters Louis Leonard, and Jason Shirley are redshirt freshmen Kenny Avon, Jon Monga, and former walk on Soph. Charles Tolbert.

Miller was not recruited by Fresno State after JC, yet he chose to return to the Bulldogs on his own. Miller's lone downfall was his attitude and immaturity, that seems to have changed. He is reunited with the rest of his 2002 class that includes defensive starters: DeWayne Andrews, Richard Marshall, Marcus McCauley, and former walk on McIntyre.

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