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Miller Loves The Vision And Plans Of New EMU Coaching Staff

Bruce Hefflinger
PBR Michigan Senior Writer

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Miller Loves The Vision And Plans Of New EMU Coaching Staff

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Aidan Miller SS / 3B / South lyon, MI / 2024

SOUTH LYON - A “joke” turned into a future home for Aidan Miller, who is now committed to Eastern Michigan.

“One of my friends, who has been friends with me since second grade, was on a visit to Eastern and sent as a joke to me ‘let’s go to Eastern together,’” Miller reflected. “I sent them my schedule and they said they've been looking at me and they came to watch me that weekend. I had a good day and talked with (assistant) coach (Trevor) Beerman, who I’d talked to previously, and he said (head) coach (Robbie) Britt was at the game.

“Coach Britt told coach Beerman he really liked me and I ended up in a group chat after the game talking about recruitment. We set up a visit for the next week and that was it.”

An offer came while the 20th-ranked 2024 shortstop in the state was on the visit.

“They think I’m a good fit for the program,” related Miller, who is being looked at as a middle infielder or third baseman by EMU. “They like my game and think I can come in and make an impact.”

Miller found the mid-August visit to the university in Ypsilanti memorable.

“I really liked the campus and everything the new coaching staff is doing,” Miller noted. “I like the vision and plans they have for the program. I thought I meshed well with it. They offered on the visit and I accepted toward the end of August.”

A commitment brought closure to a recruiting process that only recently began.

“When I made the switch to USA Prime is when I knew I wanted to play college baseball,” explained Miller, who credited coaches Nick Swanson and Griff Green with playing important roles in his recruitment. “They have a lot of connections that helped and they helped piece all the puzzles together.

“My recruitment really didn’t start until this summer,” Miller added. “There were no coaches reaching out so that was kind of stressful. I got a late start on my recruiting, my sophomore summer I wasn’t putting myself out there as much as I should have and didn’t have as many connections until I joined USA Prime. I’m really happy how it all turned out.”

Bettering his game was important in the eyes of the 6-1 200-pounder.

“I’d do one PBR showcase a summer which showed my improvement,” Miller noted. “That was helpful for coaches to see.”

Miller pointed to Greg Haeger and Kyle Fedorka with helping make those numbers better. 

“I have two hit coaches at High Performance Training doing different drills with them,” Miller said. “I’m working and hitting with them every day and I’ve become a lot more comfortable with my swing at the plate. I feel I can do anything up there.”

There is more than hitting that the 101st-ranked senior in the state believes he can bring to EMU.

“First of all, I’m a good leader,” Miller pointed out. “I feel I can help the culture that the new staff is trying to create and be a foundation for the new culture.”

To be able to do that at a college just 30 minutes from home is a blessing according to the 17-year-old.

“My family can come watch the games and I can come home any weekend I want,” Miller related.

It has the South Lyon High School senior feeling great about the future.

“This is really a big sigh of relief,” Miller said about making a commitment. “All the work I’ve put in over the years … and now I finally have a home. One of the first things I thought about was no more stress in baseball. I still have to work, but I found a home and now I can just have fun playing baseball.”

Plans are to major in business/sport management according to Miller, a 3.6 student excited about what lies ahead.

“I’m really looking forward to college baseball,” concluded Miller, whose friend that “joked” about attending college together will not be joining him at Eastern. “Everyone says you’re the best player on your high school team, but it won’t be that way in college. I’m always looking for competition so this is going to be fun with so many good players around me.”

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