by Taylor Barton
(Paxton Miller 6-2 245 Jr. Marist)
Paxton Miller made it official when he signed his letter of intent with Dakota School Of Mines and Technology, a D2 program in South Dakota. Many of you may be familiar with the Head Coach, Stacy Collins, who just took that program over after coaching at Portland State the past few seasons. Familiar with the area, Collins immediately started contacting top kids from this region after taking over the Dakota job. He landed a gem in Paxton Miller, a 2 way standout for the past 3 seasons at Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon. “I’m really excited about this decision. I just got back from a visit there this weekend, and Rapid City is a great town and a great place to get an education.” He continued. “They are an up and coming Division 2 program, and I think Coach Collins is the right guy for the job. Coach Geske was instrumental in helping make this happen for me, so I can’t thank him enough.”
Paxton and the Miller family are some of the greatest people you will ever meet. We at NEI couldn’t be happier for all of them. This is truly a great day for another one of the Northwest’s finest. For too long, kids like Paxton have gone under the radar of local so called “national” websites. They cover the same handful of kids over and over again, while passing on so many deserving kids like Paxton who need to have their story told. We don’t pretend to be anything we’re not. We aren’t a “national” site, we are a local one. A local site that covers ALL of our local kids. And in the meantime, we have garnered the attention and respect of “national” colleges and college coaches who have been looking for and now found a reliable, credible source for HS football players in the Northwest.