Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn long snapper Gabriel Miller committed to Nebraska a day after receiving his offer during Big Red Weekend.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Miller said he began hearing from the Nebraska coaching staff a week before Big Red Weekend, and he was told that if he attended the event, an offer could be coming his way. He said he felt comfortable with committing after spending time in Lincoln. He previously held an offer from Eastern Michigan and was receiving attention from Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Duke.
“The tradition, they have top-notch facilities, the coaches are great,” Miller said on his way back to Indiana from Lincoln. “It was big for my parents, they wanted to feel comfortable about me coming here and now they love it, and I'm going to enjoy my time down here.”
He was always just a little too small to be a big-time offensive line recruit. But Miller knew it and accepted it. So he picked up another skill. Ever since high school, Miller has apparently made an effort to work on long snapping every day at his home. If it got too cold, he’d move into his barn. By his junior season, Miller’s long snaps were covering 15 yards in about 0.7 seconds, which peaked the interest of college coaches (he says he’s at around 0.6 now).
Our take: You never know the negative impact a long snapper can have until you have a bad one. So kudos to Nebraska for refusing to find out. Other than a couple hiccups against Missouri during his freshman year, Mangieri was solid in that role for NU. Miller appears like he’ll be able to step in and perform at that same level. One scholarship is not a bad price to pay for one of the nation’s best specialists.
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