LAS CRUCES – Kameron Miller has had a busy summer already and it has just started.
After leading the Las Cruces High football team to a Class 5A state championship as a sophomore quarterback last season, Miller has been preparing his body for a bigger role as a junior while trying to increase his exposure for a future as a college quarterback.
“It’s kind of hard to get your name out there in New Mexico even though my dad is a coach,” Miller said. “There is a lot of talent here in New Mexico.”
After passing for over 1,800 yards with 22 touchdowns last year, Miller has already attended camps at the University of Arizona, Texas Tech and New Mexico State. Miller was scheduled to leave Tuesday for California and the Southern California camp held today and Thursday. He comes back to New Mexico to attend the NMPreps.com Quarterback Challenge in Artesia on Friday. Miller will also attend the NMPreps.com Elite Combine July 26 at Cleveland High in Rio Rancho after attending the University of New Mexico camp on July 19.
“I go out of town knowing what Las Cruces High taught me, and when I come back, it’s not just me,” Miller said. “That just helps me become a better football player.”
Between the camp appearances, Miller is getting ready for a junior season in which he will be a focal point on a state championship caliber team, even with the departure of running back J.J. Granados.
“I have the team around me,” said Miller, who rushed for 893 yards last year with five touchdowns. “We know what we have to do. We play like we are not favorites. There is a lot of good talent out there and anyone can go to the state championship.”
Miller has the luxury of playing for his father, Jim Miller, who played high school football in New Mexico and earned his way onto a college football team at New Mexico State.
Division I prospects are few in New Mexico, especially when online scouting services seem to have become more important at times than production on the field.
“He is certainly a Top 5 quarterback in my regard,” said Kyle Henderson, , editor of NMPreps.com. “He won a state championship as a sophomore. … He wants to win and he wants to play the game.”
Henderson said Miller bench pressed 185 pounds 16 times at the Combine last year as he continues to grow into his 6-foot-1 frame.
As a high school junior, the recruiting process is just starting for Kameron Miller. But he said Monday he’s added 15 pounds since his sophomore season.
“That is your biggest year,” Jim Miller said. “He had the opportunity to play as a sophomore, but this is the year to get his name out there. Hopefully he will stay injury-free and have a good year. As his coach, you want him to go out there and compete and get your name out because being in New Mexico, it can hamper you a little bit.”
And as the son continues to work on his individual skills, it will only make an already talented Bulldawgs team more formidable.
“As a junior, we have pieces coming back, but (Kameron Miller) will be more involved in the running game and he already knows the passing game and what we need him to do,” Jim Miller said.