After losing only four players to graduation last season, Boise State knew they would have an unusually small recruiting class. By the end of the regular season, the Broncos had five commits: WR Troy Ware, QB Grant Hedrick, CB Bryan Douglas, and junior college transfer DE Tyrone Crawford.
The coaching staff was pleased with this bunch, especially Ware. He is a three-star recruit (according to ESPN'S value system) from Vista, Calif. and son of former NFL wide receiver Tim Ware.
Regardless of the size, this talented class was worthy of celebration just in time for the holidays. However, when Santa Claus came to Boise, St. Nick gave the Broncos an unbelievable gift: Matt Miller.
Known as the greatest football player to come out of Montana since Ryan Leaf, Miller played for Capital, a Montana powerhouse. He is a three-star recruit on both Scout and ESPN (as a sidenote: Ian Johnson and Ryan Clady were two-stars), and a four-star recruit on fan voting sites. Currently he is ranked as the No. 53 ATH on Rivals.
At 6'4", he has the dominant height difference over WAC opponents to go along with his 215-pound frame. He has been clocked to run the 40 in 4.55.
In his senior campaign, he had 54 receptions for 900 yards and six touchdowns. Miller also ran 851 yards and 12 TDs. Miller's Capital High School was vying for its fourth straight state championship, but lost in the title game. Ironically, another BSU recruit, Kyle Sosnowski, played for Boise's Capital High School team and lost in the Idaho State championship. Miller was named the Montana Gatorade Player of the Year.
Miller, the No. 1 recruit to come out of Montana this year, was an all-state selection on offense and defense both his sophomore and junior year. Miller was also named Montana's Offensive Player of the Year his junior season after catching the ball 54 times for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushing for over 600 yards for nine touchdowns. He also had 46 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback.
Miller came to Boise State on a full-ride scholarship after turning down offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington State. He was recruited by wide receiver coach Brent Pease.
His versatility is reminiscent of Vinny Peretta. Miller has the speed, size, and strength to excel at a plethora of positions: running back, wide receiver, tight end, cornerback, or even safety. However, Miller is a heck of a lot better than Peretta and has the potential to be a superstar.
I think Miller fits best as a wide receiver, where he will have two or three inches on the opposing cornerback. It is likely he and Ware will redshirt unless one of the starters gets injured. Miller and Ware, along with redshirt freshmen Aaron Burks and Geraldo Hiwat, make up a very talented bunch with loads of potential.
While Christmas may be familiarized with that one star above Jesus' manger, the 2009 Christmas for Bronco Nation will remembered with three stars; the three-star recruit we landed in our blue stocking.