Penn State welcomed the four newest members of the Nittany Lion football program this week as they enrolled early for the Spring semester. Today, we highlight Mike Miranda.
|High School (City)||Stow-Munroe Falls (Stow, Oh.)|
|Composite Rating||★★★ (0.8696)|
|Position Rank||No. 4 (Center)|
|National Rank||No. 476|
|Commitment Date||April 21, 2016|
Mike Miranda's journey to Penn State begins, of all places, in Minneapolis. Current Nittany Lions offensive line coach Matt Limegrover was quite familiar with Miranda while he was serving as the Golden Gophers offensive coordinator under former head coach Jerry Kill, and then former head coach Tracy Claeys. When Limegrover made the move to Happy Valley, an offer to Miranda followed shortly after.
Miranda visited in early March, and the Nittany Lions quickly jumped to the top of his list. A visit for Blue-White weekend followed, with his verbal commitment coming the following week.
In virtually every case, you would expect an offensive lineman to come in and take a redshirt year to get up to speed, and build their body. Miranda may be one of the exceptions. For one, his early enrollment gives him a head start in adjusting to the college game. Additionally, with an opening at center, and it starting to appear likely that Connor McGovern will stick at guard, Miranda will likely get a shot at center this spring.
Miranda's overall ranking is probably hurt somewhat by where he projects as a player in two or three years. He is already big, strong, and scary (in the best possible way for a lineman). Whether Miranda plays in 2017 or not, he will stick at center or guard throughout his stay in Happy Valley.