In making a decision on where to attend college, having options is always nice and Barrett Miller has plenty of them.

One of the top in-state recruits for the class of 2019, the Eaglecrest High School offensive tackle continues piling up offers from some of the top college football programs in the country.

Colorado is one of the many schools hoping to sign Miller in December.

"I talk to them regularly," Miller said. "It's a little easier going on unofficial visits (to CU). I've definitely been keeping large contact with them."

The competition for Miller is heating up, however.

Just this past week, Miller announced scholarship offers from Michigan and Stanford. He now has 16 offers from five different Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, including seven from the Pac-12.

"Recruiting is kind of picking up for me," the 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect said. "I haven't started narrowing down. I've been kind of an open book and trying to absorb the recruiting process as much as I can. It's been getting real."

Miller has a three-star rating from 247Sports.com, which ranks him the fourth-best prospect in the state for 2019.

CU has already received verbal commitments from three of the top seven players on the 247Sports.com list: Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans, Highlands Ranch guard Austin Johnson and Valor Christian running back Joshia Davis.


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Prior to a recent workout at SixZero Strength & Fitness in Centennial, Miller said seeing some of his friends — including Johnson, a fellow SixZero client — going to CU has his attention.

"It definitely has my eyes open of what's going to be at Colorado and how comfortable I can be," he said. "I see all these guys work and if they're committing, it means something special has got to be going on at Colorado."

For Miller, however, choosing a school will have just as much - if not more - to do with academics than football.

Miller said he loves the engineering options in Colorado, especially at CU. The U.S. News & World Report ranks CU at No. 30 on its list of top undergraduate engineering programs in the country.

Stanford, a school that's been on Miller's mind for years, ranks No. 2. Miller announced Saturday that the Cardinal are the latest team to give him a scholarship offer. So, the Buffs have some serious competition for Miller, but he said CU is absolutely on his radar.

"I'm very much interested," he said. "Academics is one of my primary things and engineering, it comes in supply here (in Colorado).

"It's always an idea to go out of state, but in-state is probably the more comfortable choice, so I'm trying to keep my eyes open. I'm just trying to feel my way and not force myself to a decision."

Miller said his decision could come this summer. He is looking into attending a football camp at CU this summer, but also wants to visit other schools while he has some time off.

"I feel like it should be my decision after I've visited these colleges and have a little more experience," he said.

For Miller, the recruiting process has been fun - and a bit stressful - but decision time is on the horizon.

"All these colleges now are looking at me and starting to really talk to me; it's becoming serious," he said.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33