Big news on a Wednesday: Nebraska just added a big-time transfer on the offensive line.
Ezra Miller, a former Iowa Hawkeye offensive lineman and a former 4-star recruit from the class of 2019, announced Wednesday afternoon he would be coming to Nebraska.
Miller enrolled at Iowa and participated in spring ball ahead of the 2019 season, but a back injury kept him from playing a down for the Hawkeyes in-season. In January, he left the team for medical reasons. In separate Twitter statements this past May, he detailed what happened that forced him to step away from the team and later enter the transfer portal.
“It was not due to back issues that I left (the) program,” he wrote. “I left on my own accord due to major depression and anxiety amplified by a series of events. A close friend and mentor passed away from cancer, God bless you Mr. Kwikkel. Shortly after, my father was diagnosed with cancer, and is now thankfully recovering. My brother was in a nasty car accident as well.
“These events, combined with the stress provided by school and football led to some very poor (self-treatment) and mental health struggles. After two long hiatuses and intense therapy, I believed the best solution was to leave football, as I did not think I could be a good teammate with all this going on.
“Now I believe, along with my support system, that I am in a state where I can play ball again.”
He later added that Iowa kept him on scholarship after leaving the team, but converted it to a medical waiver scholarship, preventing him from playing football again for the Hawkeyes.
At Nebraska, Miller enters into a room with competition everywhere. A 6-foot-6, 310-pounder, Miller played tackle for Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa.
He’ll join the program as a walk-on. Nebraska has one scholarship left to give to a newcomer in the 2020 class.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.