July 29, 2008

Milus looking forward to senior season

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton cornerback Ryan Milus is rated as the 14th best recruit in Arizona according to the Rivals.com Arizona Preseason Top 30 rankings.

Milus was a first team all-region performer a year ago after totaling five interceptions and 53 tackles for the Huskies and should be one of the top cornerbacks in the region in 2008.

Milus currently reports offers from Air Force, Arizona, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Utah and Washington State. He said he also has Arizona State, Northwestern and Stanford showing interest as well.

"Recruiting is going pretty good for me right now," Miles said. "I am just figuring it out right now and will weigh my options a little later on and go from there."

Recently Milus unofficially visited the Arizona Wildcats and gave the trip high marks. The cornerback is also keeping close to tabs with the other in-state program.

"Coach Stretz is recruiting me [to ASU] and I have talked to Coach Burns too," Milus said. "I talked to them at our passing league games and when I went down to ASU for their Junior Day. Coach Burns seems like a real good dude. I didn't get to go to ASU's camp because I was in San Diego for a passing league tournament the day before and I could not make it back.

"I like that ASU is very close to home, I think I went to all but one or two home games last year. I love the atmosphere of the stadium and stuff like that."

Location likely will not be the deciding factor for Milus. Growing up as a coach's son -- his father Ron Milus is currently the defensive back coach for the St. Louis Rams -- meant growing up in several different areas like Arizona, Washington, Texas and Colorado.

"Academics as well as how good the program is will be the most important thing for me to see on my visits," Milus said. "With school starting this week for me I probably won't make any more unofficial visits. During the season I am planning on making it out for a few games to Boise State and Washington State. I still haven't figured out where I will officially visit."

Earlier this summer Milus gave an impressive performance at the Stanford NIKE Camp. He was rated as one of the top three defensive backs in the camp and impressed lead defensive back coach Eugene Jackson.

"Milus was the most consistent defensive back from the beginning of the camp to the end," Jackson said at the time. "He had the best feet of all the DBs at the camp and a lot of feel he has the best upside of any of the defensive back because of his combination of speed and great footwork.

"He plays bigger than his actual size, has good technique and speed to close on the ball. He's a really good technician with a smooth backpedal. He needs to get stronger in his upper body so the big receivers are not pushing him around off the line in press coverage but that will come down the line. He showed great cover skills during the 1-on-1 drills and got better and better all day."

The 5-foot-10 160-pounder was the state 100m champion as a sophomore with a time of 10.56 seconds and he feels that speed is a big part of his game.

"I think that my speed and quickness are definitely my strengths and I am trying to gain weight for the college ranks," Milus said.

Milus is focused on getting ready for the football season as he prepares to start practice this week.

"We start practice next Wednesday," Milus said. "We want to win the state championship that is our goal. I don't really know when I will make a decision. I don't want to wait for an offer that isn't going to come. So I don't know if I want to wait too long. I am going to make a decision when it feels right and I am confident on where I want to go."

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