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Virginia Tech has had lots of success in recent years recruiting under-the-radar defensive linemen from Delray Beach, FL landing a pair of stars in the 2010s in Luther Maddy and Dadi Nicolas from Delray Beach. Now, the Hokies are hoping to land another talented, under-the-radar defensive lineman from Delray Beach in three-star recruit Earl Miller Jr.
Blessed and thankful to receive my 15th offer from Virginia Tech #Hokies 🦃 @HokiesFB @dtapp55 @CoachSparber @mikehal65209672 @CoachColombi @CoachBSheridan @larryblustein @EraPrep @247Sports @ESPNTop63 @Rivals @Rivalsfbcamps pic.twitter.com/twQWaxwwP9— Earl Miller JR (@IEloading) May 12, 2020
Miller told us that he was "extremely excited" to receive a Virginia Tech offer during a "wonderful" phone call with Virginia Tech defensive assistant Darryl Tapp. More than that, Miller told us that Virginia Tech is now "at the top" of his recruitment and his new leader.
He had this to say about why VT leads in his recruitment.
"It gives me the best opportunity to make it to the next level," Miller said.
The Hokies became the second Power 5 offer for Miller joining Boston College along with other quality FBS programs including Toledo, Florida Atlantic, Army, and others. Miller's offer list may continue to grow soon as he has been receiving interest from Miami, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Syracuse, Navy, Marshall, FIU, Western Kentucky Georgia State, and South Dakota.
Miller has intriguing size at 6'3'' and 260 pounds with VT recruiting him simply as a defensive lineman who has played both defensive end and defensive tackle for his high school team. However, Miller has played primarily at defensive tackle during his time in high school, but that versatility is certainly useful.
His future may be more on the interior given his current size and the growth he may have. He's also proven to be fairly productive after having 56 tackles including 10.5 total tackles for loss this past season.
With the arrival of Bill Teerlinck and Darryl Tapp has come a greater focus on landing larger defensive linemen. Additionally, the Hokies did not sign a true defensive tackle last cycle and seem poised to sign multiple this cycle with three-star DT Tyas Martin already on board.
Virginia Tech has made a big move in Earl Miller's recruitment with their offer as the Hokies look to land another talented, under-the-radar defensive lineman from Delray Beach.