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Top Iowa lineman, Ridge View's Ezra Miller, stays humble through recruitment process

Top Iowa lineman, Ridge View's Ezra Miller, stays humble through recruitment process

When several national websites rank you as the number one football recruit in the state of Iowa, you get several division one offers.

"Overall the recruiting process, it's exciting," said Ridge View sophomore offensive lineman Ezra Miller. "And it can be a little bit overwhelming."

So after Miller got the offer he wanted, he decided to end the process early before even more scholarship opportunities came pouring in.

"I chose an early commitment because it kind of took some of that off my back a bit," he said. "And allowed me to focus on football and school a little bit more and just getting better in general."

With an offer from both Iowa and Iowa State in front of him, Miller, the 8th-ranked offensive lineman in the country for the 2019 class, decided to join fellow linemen like the Paulsen twins from Woodbury Central and Burke Prins of Hinton as recent Siouxland road graders who chose to become Hawkeyes.

"My friends of course, there's going to be those Iowa State kids who give me some crap," said Miller.

But other than that, Miller says he's received overwhelming support from the Ridge View community since he made the decision late last month. He's the first Raptor to do something like this. And he's excited to make everyone here proud.

"It feels good kind of representing this part of Iowa," said Miller. "It's not like there's too much attention about anything else. But you know, they'll have occasional football players. But it feels good representing it in a good way."

"A school like Iowa is willing to take a chance on Ezra because he does fit into that mold of. 'Hey, let's be hard workers, let's be humble," said Ridge View head coach Dale Tokheim. "You know, he's somebody who is going to help the program."

The Iowa coaches have told Miller they need him to work on his footwork and explosiveness to become a better blocker. But sometime in his final two years of high school, he's hoping he can convince his coach to let him run the ball too.

"My coaches...I could talk to them and convince them to," said Miller.

Coach Tokheim laughed in response. "Well that's a possibility but I wouldn't count on it."

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