March 8, 2009

In-state quarterback likes Junior Day

A visit to Fort Collins to check out Junior Day at Colorado State made a good impression on Mullen (Col.) High School Quarterback Jonny Miller. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Castle Rock said he enjoyed his first trip to the campus of Colorado State and is hoping to hear more from the Rams.

"I had a great time. I love the coaches, and being up there at CSU, I felt at home," Miller said. "It was a good experience. I had never been up there and to see a school in my home state, I really liked it. (CSU quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson) Coach Wilkinson was a real cool guy and I would love to have him as a quarterback coach."

According to, Miller completed 23-of-53 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns last season, sharing time under center with Tim Tancik. He also ran 24 times for 28 yards on a Mullen squad that won the state title on the strength of a running game that had two 1000-yard rushers. Miller added he has been told college coaches like him for his arm strength, his mechanics, his release and his footwork.

Despite the relative lack of numbers, he is hearing from Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and others. He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer and is hoping it comes from Fort Collins.

"If they were to offer, I would be real excited," Miller said. "I loved the coaches and I would love to be up there. I loved Coach Wilks (Wilkinson) and thought he was a real good guy. CSU is a big-time school for me."

Miller said he has a 40-time of 4.7, a bench press of 255 and a squat of 405. He added his vertical jump is 34 and his GPA is measured out at a 3.4. Miller said he hopes to major in Pre-Law, or Physical Therapy.

"The first thing I am looking at in a college is the coaching staff," Miller said. "I am a pretty out-going person, so I want a coaching staff that likes a quarterback that will joke around. Other things I look for are the fans, the academics and the tradition of a school."

Next season Miller will run the offense for Mullen and thinks they have a fair shot to repeat as state champs. He said Mullen returns a running back, wide receivers, linebackers and defensive backs. Until then, he has gone out for track for the first time in his high school career. He will run this weekend in the 4x200 meter relay, while competing in the long and triple jumps.

"All the kids on the team say how much faster you get after a year of track," Miller said. "I thought I would try it out."

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