Just five days after Norm Chow's program secured wide receiver prospect Marcus Kemp from the state of Utah, Hawaii drew a second commitment from the Beehive State when it secured linebacker prospect Drake Miller. While neither Rivals.com nor Scout.com give a star-rating for Miller, he becomes the sixth recruit to declare for the 2013 Warriors.
The 6'2", 210-pound Miller reportedly runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds and has been a MaxPreps.com Player of the Game three times this season. Miller had interest in BYU, Colorado, Utah and Utah State, but jumped at the opportunity to join the Warriors.
"I committed to Hawaii," said Miller, succinctly (as reported by Brandon Huffman of Scout.com). "It's pretty awesome."
Miller was recruited as an outside linebacker, a position that will find a vacancy after this season when senior LB Darryl McBride graduates. While he plans to make his official visit to the campus after the football season concludes, the Bingham High School senior cited several reasons (as reported by Brandon Huffman of Scout.com) why he chose Hawaii, including "the coaching staff, the location and the education the school provides."
While two recruits do not point to a trend, it is possible that seeing Kemp and Miller commit to Hawaii's program may spark additional Utah high school talent to head west for their college careers. Other prospects from the state of Utah reportedly on Hawaii's wish list include: DT Ofa Hautau (2-star), LB Albert Tai (2-star), DB Kyle Tarter (no rating), WR Ammon Barker (2-star), and DT Lowell Lotulelei (3-star).