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The Register’s annual list of Iowa’s best high school football prospects hits a 300-pound lineman from Class A, one of the nation's top 100 recruits Rodney White | The Register

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Ezra Miller

School: Ridge View

Class: 2019

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 300 pounds

Position: Offensive tackle

Key stats: The young anchor of a spread offense that racked up 2,425 total yards while going 5-4 in 2016, Miller can be an overwhelming force on both lines. Ridge View’s run game struggled last season, but the sophomore blocked well and racked up 43.5 tackles on defense. Miller is a natural tackle at the varsity level, with the ability to move inside. And new head coach Dale Tokheim thinks he’s seen enough athleticism for a few snaps at tight end.

Why he’s one of the Iowa Eight

Just another big farm boy from northwest Iowa? Try again. The Holstein native has the power, upside and maturity that college coaches crave, and he’s rated as the nation’s No. 83 overall 2019 prospect by 247 Sports. Miller is an elite player entering his junior season, even if he is tucked away in Class A.

“I would definitely prefer to stay under the radar,” he told the Register last month.

Film shows a lineman comfortable in pass or run sets, with the ability to stay explosive in tight quarters. Miller’s frame and aggressiveness make him a constant mismatch up front. His task as a junior will be refining technique and footwork while remaining dominant for the Raptors.

Future prospects

Miller became the first commitment to Iowa’s Class of 2019 in April once he decided the recruiting process wasn’t something he wanted to spend the next two years on. His height and length seem to point to a career at tackle, but the younger brother of two former college basketball players is happy to play anywhere coaches want him to.

“He’s got to stay mindful of playing light on his feet,” Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt said. “The strength will come and being able to stay heavier at the point of attack, that will happen. I’m not worried about that with him.

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Ridge View junior lineman Ezra Miller discusses his early 2019 commitment to the Hawkeyes, why he ended recruiting early.

“He’s got a good football frame and I definitely see why Big Ten schools were interested in him early on.”

Iowa and Iowa State were Miller’s only early scholarship offers. Visiting a host of camps and combines put him on the interest list for plenty of other Power 5 programs, including Florida State, Penn State, and Stanford.

Quotable

“I quickly learned who Ezra was when he was in seventh grade. I ran up to see the middle school play, and he stood out because was already a man amongst boys. I heard he had played on some youth all-star teams as well, so I knew what we were going to get from him eventually at the high school level. When you’re 6-5, 250 in middle school, that will translate to the football field. It’s just been a matter of putting the technique with his body size.” — former Ridge View head coach Jeff DeHaan

What is the Iowa Eight?

The Iowa Eight is Register’s preseason list of the eight best football prospects in the state, weighing past performance and future projection. Incoming freshmen through seniors are eligible. Selections are based on Register staff observations and consultation with high school, college and scouting contacts. The Register will have additional Iowa Eight lists for key prep boys’ and girls’ sports throughout the year.

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Register's Chris Cuellar looks at the top high school football recruits and where they might be headed to in the next few seasons. Chris Cuellar/The Register

 

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