Miller follows in dad’s footsteps, signs with Mesa

Scott Miller feels comfortable playing football at Stocker Stadium.

Wednesday at Fruita Monument High School, surrounded by friends and family, Miller signed a letter of intent to play football at Mesa State College.

“It is a good program and the opportunity is there,” Miller said. “The coaching staff drew me there, plus I grew up here. It’s home.”

Miller spurned offers from Western State and Montana State to follow in his father’s footsteps and suit up for the Mavs. Mark Miller was an all-conference quarterback and led the Mavs to the NAIA quarterfinals in 1985.

Mark said there was a time when he wondered if Scott would venture to another school.

“We thought he might leave Grand Junction and find his way out of here,” Mark Miller said.

“But I was very pleased to see him stay and go to school here.”

Scott will be playing for some of Mark’s college teammates. Defensive line coach Bill Stafford played with Mark at Colorado State and wide receivers coach Donnie Holmes caught passes from him after they both transferred to Mesa.

“I think Mesa is a great fit for him,” Mark said. “With Coach Ramunno, Coach Stafford and Coach Holmes, I know he will be in great hands. But he has to work hard and hopefully he can make an impact for Mesa.”

Miller said his father playing for the Mavericks was a deciding factor.

“One of the biggest factors was my dad,” Scott Miller said. “I am excited to play there and have him watch me since he taught me everything.”

Mesa is inheriting a 6-foot-5 tight end who caught more than 20 passes this past season for nearly 350 yards. Miller was selected the Southwestern League offensive player of the year and was a first-team tight end and punter.

Fruita coach Bill Moore said the Mavericks are getting a well-rounded athlete.

“Scott will bring his receiving ability,” Moore said. “But he has four years of growth and I expect Scott to be a lot bigger than he is right now. He has grown a lot as a blocker and with Mesa’s scheme, he better be able to block as well.”

Miller plans to major in business and plans to spend plenty of time in the weight room adding to his 215-pound frame before next fall.

“I need to put some weight on,” Miller said. “But other than that, I really don’t have any expectations. I’m just really excited.”

Most Western Slope players signed or are considering signing with RMAC schools.

Montezuma-Cortez’s Hayden Moorhead, though, signed with Palomar (Calif.) College, a junior college.

Quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, who led Glenwood Springs to the Class 3A state championship this past fall, is taking a trip to Carroll (Mont.) College this weekend and will decide after returning. He’s also considering Mesa State.


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