Gaston Miller picks Vanderbilt

Gaston Miller

Gaston Miller, a product of local power Riverdale high school in Murfreesboro, gave his commitment to the Commodores over the weekend. Miller is a speedy elusive athlete who excels at running the ball and returning kicks and punts.

At 5-feet, 5-inches tall, some say Gaston Miller is too small to play in the SEC. To that the little back with the big heart had this to say: "If Vanderbilt had enough confidence in me to offer me a scholarship then they think I can get it done and I guess that's all that matters."

Miller's resume after only his junior year is impressive. First Team All-State 5A, All-Mid state, All-Region, All-Area, Player of the Week for the Jeff Fisher show and the Blue Cross Bowl Most Valuable Player; an extraordinary list of accomplishments for a junior. Miller, who claims his greatest strengths on the football field are his vision and reaction time, rushed 2,175 yards and 33 touchdowns last season.

Miller was so highly regarded after his junior year that he was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio in January. There he posted impressive numbers including a 4.53 40 speed and a 39 1/2 inch vertical jump.

"It's all out there in front of me. All I have to do is work for it, go get it and stay healthy." said the speedy back when asked how it would feels to know he'll be playing SEC ball in 2006.

Like many athletes who commit to Vanderbilt, the thought of playing in the tough SEC and getting solid academics appealed to Miller. "Number one, I like that they are an SEC team and they compete in the best conference, collegiately and nationally. I know that if I graduate from Vanderbilt I should still be okay if I don't make it into the NFL. I like that they are going to have me running the ball, catching the ball and receiving punts and kickoffs. I like to know that I'll be only 30 minutes away from my home. There are plenty of pluses in Vanderbilt."

Miller also does well in the classroom, sporting a 3.25 GPA and a 20 ACT score. Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Ted Cain recruited Miller.

Players 5-9 and under in the SEC (2004 rosters)

Alabama

Antonio Carter SE 5-9 191
Tyrone Prothro SE 5-8 173

Arkansas

Dowell Loggains QB 5-5 165
Sam Olajubutu ILB 5-9 224
Darius Vinnett CB 5-9 175

Auburn

Gerald Williams CB 5-9 192

Florida

Vernell Brown CB 5-8 155
Jermaine McCollum CB 5-8 184

Georgia

Thomas Brown RB 5-8 185
Mike Gilliam RB 5-9 180
Tim Jennings DB 5-8 173

Kentucky

J.J. Bennett RB 5-7.5 195
Draak Davis RB 5-7 177
Clem Fennell CB 5-8 171

LSU

Gino Giambelluca WR 5-8 173
Skyler Green SE 5-9 189

Ole Miss

Kennedy Griffin WR 5-9 160
Bryan Brown S 5-9 195
Craig Holcomb FB 5-9 220

Miss. State

Fred Reid HB 5-9 184
Brandon Thornton RB 5-9 190
Brandon Wright FL 5-9 157

South Carolina

Andrea Gause WR 5-9.5 207

Tennessee

Antonio Gaines DB 5-9 180
Corey Larkins RB 5-8 205
David Yancy RB 5-8 185

Vanderbilt

Bill Alford CB 5-9 175
Josh Allen CB 5-9 170
Patrick Christy WR 5-9 170

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