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July 5, 2013

Spartans add 2014 commit

San Jose State has stayed aggressive on the recruiting trail after an 11-2 season. With new head coach Ron Caragher fresh off his first signing class, he added a local safety commitment on Tuesday night. What does he bring to the program?

Bethel safety Chad Miller (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) verbally committed to San Jose State. He is the third defensive back commit for the Spartans with fellow safety Darren Gardenhire from Cabrillo and Edison-Fresno corner Nautica Flemming.

Miller is a lanky prospect with versatility to line up at different spots in the secondary. He shows nice burst on film and is physical up at the line of scrimmage as a tackler and in coverage. He doesn't have great top end speed, but is a sleeper prospect that could stand out more with a good senior year.

He wasn't ranked in the last NCP Top 50 rankings, but was recently given a 2-star ranking by Rivals.com. San Jose State put an emphasis on linemen and signed three Top 50 recruits overall in the 2013 rankings.

Caragher said of his program's recruiting approach to Rivals.com, "We will stay locally as best we can. I feel like there are a lot of good players in the Bay Area. The West Bay and the East Bay have players. We can go to Sacramento for players, and we can go right down the coast through Fresno to the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and San Diego. We may have to touch Arizona, Oregon or Washington, but for the most part we can stay right here and win."

Miller is a solid pick-up before the high school season and the Spartans first Northern California commit in this class.

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