When Ankeny Centennial football standout Easton Miller received an invitation to join the Iowa State program, he started to ignore the other schools that were recruiting him.
“When this popped up, I focused in on this rather than other schools,” Miller said.
On Tuesday, Miller verbally committed to the Cyclones, announcing his decision on Twitter. He will join the program as a preferred walk-on.
“I liked the coaching staff, the facilities, players and what their main goal is,” Miller said.
Miller was a two-way player at Centennial, helping the Jaguars to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2021-22. As a junior, he played primarily on defense and made 59 tackles.
In the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs, the linebacker returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown in the final minutes of Centennial’s 35-21 loss at Valley.
As a senior, Miller made 46 tackles, including 11 for losses. He also saw a lot of action at running back, rushing for 387 yards and five scores on 83 carries.
Miller also served as the team’s punter, averaging 38.5 yards on 37 punts. He was named to the all-district first team for the second straight year and was also selected to the all-state second team.
Miller isn’t sure which position he’ll play at the next level.
“I’m guessing it will be on the defensive side of the ball, but it could be anywhere because I was recruited as an athlete,” he said.