Iowa's 2018 football recruiting class is just getting started, but over the weekend Iowa got its 2019 recruiting efforts off to a smashing start, landing in-state OL prospect Ezra Miller.
Miller, listed at 6'6", 280 lbs, hails from Galva Holstein High School in Holsten, IA. As a 2019 recruit, most recruiting services have yet to rank Miller, but 247Sports has him as a 4* prospect, the #84 recruit overall, and the top player in Iowa. So yeah: not a bad get!
Miller selected Iowa over an offer from Iowa State and interest from Colorado, Oregon, and Minnesota. His verbal commitment to Iowa over Iowa State is noteworthy given that new Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has made in-state targets a bigger priority than they were under Paul Rhoads and Gene Chizik. Iowa and Iowa State didn't butt heads on in-state recruits all that often under Rhoads and Chizik (with some notable exceptions, such as Allen Lazard), but those battles figure to become more common under Campbell. Miller's commitment is only one decision, but clearly Campbell still has work to do to win over the hearts and minds of in-state Iowa recruits. (It probably didn't hurt that Miller plays offensive line, a position where Iowa has absolutely thrived for the most part under Kirk Ferentz.)
It's not clear yet where Miller might fit on the offensive line, and with two more years of high school to go before he even arrives in Iowa City, there's plenty of time before any decisions have to be made. Although at 6'6", 280 now and likely to grow more (not to mention working with Chris Doyle when he gets to Iowa City), it certainly seems like he'll have the size to play tackle for Iowa. No word on the length of his arms yet -- hopefully they're appropriately T-Rex length to allow him to really thrive at Iowa.
As Iowa's first 2019 recruit, Miller is also excited to be an ambassador for the Iowa program, which could be a good development for Iowa. As a fairly high-profile recruit, Miller should find himself invited to a lot of camps and recruiting events, giving him the opportunity to meet other high-level recruits. Hopefully he can persuade some of them to head to Iowa City. For now, he's planning to start working on some in-state guys, per Rivals:
“I am mostly going to the other Iowa boys that I know will fit well there,” Miller said. “If they say they’re not going to go there I’ll back off and let coaches handle it from there, but if I think they’ll go there then I’ll push them a little bit.”
In pitching other in-state prospects to join him, Miller will rely on the aspects that attracted him to the Hawkeyes.
“The thing that clicked for me was the very stable program, good program, good coaching staff that loves their players and they treat them very well,” he said.
Here are some highlights of Miller:
No word yet on how this decision might impact his ability to play the Flash in JUSTICE LEAGUE. Welcome aboard, Mr. Miller.