Remember Miles Stroter, King High School's 6-4, 340-pound offensive lineman? He was ranked among the top 10 prospects in the Chicago area before his senior year and was offered a scholarship by Illinois faster than you can say "King Kong." But then he virtually disappeared. Whatever happened to him?
Stroter is a freshman starter at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. King coach Lonnie Williams believes he can play at the next level. But he has a lot of proving to do.
He was a big kid, hard working and thick. But scouts wanted to see more movement skills. He had Division I potential coming out of King but he needed work and refinement.
Illinois offered early. He was called the best lineman in the state. Then Illinois withdrew its offer after seeing him play as a senior. His father took him around the country and promoted him but the youngster never received any big-time offers.
"The recruiting process got funny," Williams said. "He got offers from Illinois and Mid-America Conference schools. But he ignored the MAC and turned off other recruiters. He wanted other offers. He got hung up in the process and turned people off. But he likes the situation he is in now."
Williams says current King star, 6-4, 315-pound offensive lineman Jeff Allen, who is committed to Illinois, is quicker and more athletic than Stroter.
I agree that Allen has great athletic ability but he is overweight. He must go on a diet like former Young, Miami and NFL star Russell Maryland did to become a big-time prospect. Allen could be a diamond in the rough. Illinois offered early, when he didn't have any offers. He is a three-star player in my rankings. He has potential but he isn't a good one yet. He has Big 10 size and good feet but he must be more consistent.