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2023 IF Anthony Miller Recommits to Notre Dame

August 12, 2022

2023 New Castle (Pa.) infielder Anthony Miller always knew where he wanted to attend college. 

The road to South Bend took a few unexpected turns as the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder decommitted from Notre Dame on June 27th following Link Jarrett’s departure to Florida State. 

A month and a half later, Miller has recommitted to Notre Dame after a few conversations with new Irish head coach Shawn Stiffler. Miller will be part of the program he’s always wanted to play at 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 who I wanted to play for over my four years. He’s a great coach and an even better person. He’s someone who will develop me the right way and there was really no thought into it. He’s someone I wanted to play for.” 

Miller believes Stiffler has similar goals for him as Jarrett and there is no doubt Notre Dame is the perfect match. 

“Coach Stiffler has the same plan for me as Coach (Link) Jarrett when it comes to position and everything,” stated Miller. “He’s ready to get to work just like I am. He was super pumped 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 he was evaluating his options over the last month. 

“It’s like killing two birds with one stone,” Miller explained. “The game of baseball can only take you so far. You have 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 standard of academics. Notre Dame offers it all.” 

Miller also never left the Notre Dame commits 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 off Team Ohio this summer, but the Western PA native grew in his game over the last two months. 

“I had a great summer playing against some of the best competition in the country,” stated Miller. “I traveled the whole month of July. I really improved my game, but I also improved my mental game and stayed mentally strong. Baseball is a mental sport when it comes to approach 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 tough not knowing where you’re going to be or who you’re going to be with,” said Miller. “It was a very stressful process, so it feels great that I’m finally home and where I’m meant to be. I’m ready to get to work with the Irish.” 

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