Anthony Miller is an outside linebacker and running back for Don Lugo High School. He was recognized as second-team all-league for football and doubled up with wrestling in his athletics, making second-team all-area. As a wrestler, he was a CIF placer and was the first Masters qualifier from Don Lugo in 12 years.
Continuing our Don Lugo edition, Anthony spoke to Locker Room Update about his career background in sports, as well as his aspirations at the collegiate level.
When did you first fall in love with playing football?
I’ve loved football as long as I can remember. I collected football cards growing up and started tackle football in 2nd grade.
Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood?
My football role model growing up was Brett Favre as he always had an upbeat attitude and pushed through every situation. Outside of football I looked up to my older brother Jack who excelled in football and wrestling.
What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
The most powerful thing a coach has told me was “quitters never prosper.” This hit me hard and till this day I live by that and push through everything.
As a player in the 2017 class, how has the recruiting process been thus far? Any particularly interesting visits or surprising occurrences you’d like to address?
As of now the recruiting process for football hasn’t been too great as I’ve only been introduced and had small conversations with coaches who have came to our practices. As for wrestling I’ve had a few talks with college coaches.
Do you have a dream situation for your college career?
I would be blessed to attend any college to play at the next level and I’m looking for one opportunity to show what I can do.
At your high school, you’ve played both sides of the ball as an outside linebacker and a running back. How do you believe your experience as a RB has improved your play as an OLB, and vice versa?
Having knowledge of offense definitely helps with playing linebacker because I know the holes RB go through and I know how to read OL before plays occur.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I see myself doing well in college and possibly playing sports. I’ll also be focusing on getting a masters degree in Civil Engineering.
And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
The most important thing about me off the field is the rough life I’ve lived up to this point and it makes me a great player because I play with passion and for my family. The hard background reflects on the field as I never give up on a play and I play with a purpose to go to the next level.