Kyle Miller and Steven Steed, two South Tahoe High School football players, are taking their talent to the next level.
Both seniors recently signed letters of intent to play for the Pacific University Boxers in Oregon.
“They want to play college football for all the right reasons,” said Pacific University offensive coordinator Ian Falconer. “It’s great to see kids like that who do well, not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.”
Falconer explained how the Boxers look for kids who aren’t just good athletes, but also great students and that’s how he described Miller and Steed.
Miller played football for the Vikings for two years on the varsity squad, as a linebacker and running back. He suffered a few injuries while at South Tahoe, including a broken back in his sophomore year and a knee injury in his junior year that caused him to miss all but three games. He came back his senior year as a two-way starter and basically never came off the field according to South Tahoe head coach Kevin Hennessee.
“If he wasn’t the heart of our team, he was the soul,” Hennessee said. “He just did a great job for us over and over again.”
Miller is just as successful in the classroom as he is on the football field. He’s ranked in the top 20 academically in the senior class.
Steed transferred to South Tahoe from Desert Hot Springs High School with only five games remaining in the 2013 season. In those five games, the quarterback threw for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“He was why we were competitive for the last five games and able to get some points,” Hennessee said.
In his junior year at Desert Hot Springs, Steed was named a 1st team all-star. Both Miller and Steed were honorable mentions for 1st team all-star in 2013.
Steed said he visited three schools who all play against each other in the same league and chose Pacific because of it’s atmosphere.
“The coaching staff was nice. They did a home visit and were really excited to have me commit,” Steed said. “They have a good freshmen squad, but I don’t want to play down there, I want to be up with the big boys and play with them.”
He’ll be competing against two returning players and a couple of other incoming freshmen for the quarterback position and Falconer is looking forward to having him on the team.
“He was competitive in high school and shows some good ability to develop in the future,” Falconer said.
Miller will be going out for defensive outside, weakside backer and hopes to play some specials teams.
“I’m so excited; can’t wait,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to beating some kids up for a spot.”
Falconer says there will be some competition for that spot. Pacific has only had a football program for four years, meaning this is the first time every player on the team has been recruited making spots on the team more competitive.
“He’s coming into a situation where he’s against a whole class of recruits,” Falconer said. “He was very active around the ball. He does a good job finding the football. It’s one of those things that’s hard to teach.”
The two head to Forest Grove, Ore., for preseason on Aug. 13.