2023 New Castle, Pennsylvania infielder Anthony Miller always knew where he wanted to go to college.
The road to South Bend took a few unexpected turns when the 5-foot-9, 170-pound retired from Notre Dame on June 27 after Link Jarrett left for Florida State.
A month and a half later, Miller recommitted to Notre Dame after some conversations with new Irish head coach Shawn Stiffler. Miller will be part of the program he’s always wanted to play in and he couldn’t be more excited to join the Irish.
“I recommitted to Notre Dame because I love everything about the school,” Miller told ISD earlier this week. “When they decided to hire coach Stiffler, he was the one I wanted to play with for my four years. He’s a great coach and an even better person. He’s someone who will develop me from the right way and there was really no thought in it. He’s someone I wanted to play for.”
Miller thinks Stiffler has similar goals to Jarrett and there’s no doubt Notre Dame is the perfect match.
“Coach Stiffler has the same plan for me as Coach (Link) Jarrett has in terms of position and everything,” Miller said. “He is ready to get to work like me. He was super excited when I told him I wanted to come back. He was super excited for me and my family.
The Notre Dame degree is also something Miller couldn’t pass on when weighing his options over the past month.
“It’s like killing two birds with one stone,” Miller explained. “The game of baseball can only take you so far. You need to have a good degree and academics to rely on. There is no better place to play at the highest level of competition with such a high academic standard. Our Lady offers all of this.
Miller also never left the Notre Dame commit chat and played summer ball with 2023 Irish commit Ryan Mooney on Team Ohio Pro Select. Drayk Bowen has bragging rights over Miller and Mooney as the Indiana Bulls knocked out the Ohio team this summer, but the Western PA native has grown in his game over the past two months.
“I had a great summer playing against some of the best competition in the country,” Miller said. “I traveled the whole month of July. I really upped my game, but I also upped my mental game and stayed mentally strong. Baseball is a mental sport when it comes to approaching and always being prepared. You have to stay good between the ears and between the lines.
And when it comes to having the recruiting process behind him, Miller is grateful for the experience, but glad it’s over.
“It was hard not knowing where you were going to be or who you were going to be with,” Miller said. “It was a very stressful process, so I feel good that I’m finally home and where I’m supposed to be. I’m ready to work with the Irish.
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