Two Bulldogs who are dual sport athletes and good students are having a busy summer. They are preparing not only to compete for the Dawgs but both would like to play football at the next level.
The big man, Kwayde Miller, will only be a junior next school year, but the 6’8” tight end in football and center in basketball has been to three football camps conducted at Division I universities.
Miller has been to camps at San Diego State University, the University of Southern California and the University of Notre Dame. San Diego State has offered to save a scholarship for Kwayde. USC and Notre Dame are among the elite football schools in Division I, which is now called the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Miller played frosh football and made the varsity his sophomore year. He has earned two varsity letters in basketball. He plays tight end for the Bulldogs but is projected to play tackle or guard in college.
Athletes must pay to participate at the camps. Miller was impressed with the facilities at USC and SDSU, but liked the weather in the Midwest. Notre Dame is in South Bend, Ind. He will have to visit South Bend in the winter.
Miller is not sure if he will make an early commitment if he is offered a scholarship from more than one top school.
“I would like to evaluate everything before I make a commitment,” he said. “I want to explore all of my options.”
USC is on probation by the NCAA. When asked if that will have an effect on his decision Miller said, “most likely.”
The sanctions placed on USC will not adversely affect Miller’s playing career since he has two years of high school left and USC’s sanctions from playing in bowl games are two years.
Miller really liked the competition at the camps. The food at the camps must have been pretty good. Miller said that he has put on 10 pounds so far this summer.
Miller’s parents, Karl and Kristie Miller, have been supportive. “They have always stressed to work hard and get good grades.”
He feels that is good advice for all athletes. Miller has yet to take the SAT test but has a 3.2 grade point average. He plans on a career in sports management, but also is considering coaching.
Miller is devoting most of his time this summer to improving his football skills. He is weight lifting and attending summer passing league games.
Bryson Garcia is getting ready for his senior year. And it has been and will remain a busy summer.
Garcia has earned three letters in basketball and one in football. To improve his chances of getting a football scholarship or being admitted to a prestigious university, Garcia attended five football camps this summer and one last summer.
Last summer, he participated in a football camp at the University of Notre Dame. At the time Charlie Weis was the head coach. Kwayde attended the camp this summer. Notre Dame has since hired Brian Kelly to coach football.