January 8, 2013

The chase for Miller

Gaffney (SC) senior defensive end Jaylen Miller is entering the final stretch of his recruitment, and it only continues to intensify with Tennessee and Nebraska joining his list of scholarship offers.

The Volunteers offered Thursday, Dec. 20, while the Cornhuskers offered Thursday, Jan. 3.

Rick Kaczenski and John Papuchis are recruiting Miller for the Huskers.

"They [Nebraska's coaches] saw all my film [and] they called me right away as soon as they got done watching it," Miller said. "I need to start narrowing it [list of schools] down, but at the same I need to figure out which coaches I have the best relationship with and where I feel more comfortable."

The new offers are making it difficult for him to trim his list. Miller added he does not want to eliminate a school, because it offered late.

He has official visits scheduled to Georgia Tech on Friday, Jan. 11, Wake Forest on Friday, Jan. 18 and Maryland on Friday, Jan. 25.

Wake will be entertaining most of its commitments for their official visits when Miller makes his.

Miller has time for one more visit before Signing Day after those trips. He is trying to decide from NC State, Nebraska and Tennessee on where to take the last official visit.

"I've been talking to NC State for quite a long time," Miller said. "I don't really know the staffs from Tennessee and Nebraska."

He has been to UT twice. He has relatives in Knoxville, so he has familiarity with the area. However, Miller said the fact he has family in Tennessee will not affect hisdecision more than other factors.

The 6-foot-2 and 255-pound Palmetto State 2013 prospect Coaches from NC State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest made the trek down to Gaffney Friday, Jan. 4.

"[NC State] Coach [Des] Kitchings came down," Miller said. "He talked to my dad. I was at school. We [my dad and I] haven't really talked about it yet. [UNC] Coach [Gunter] Brewer came down. He actually arrived at school when I was on my way home. He talked to him [Gaffney head coach Dan Jones]."

Georgia Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak caught Miller at home.

"[We talked] mainly about the official visit and how the schedule was going to go and everything they have to offer," Miller said.

He also entertained Wake Forest assistant coaches Lonnie Galloway and Ray McCartney[/db].

"We [Galloway, McCartney and I] talk football, but we talk more like we're best friends; not best friends, but we talk about everything," Miller said.

Miller, who is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 13 overall prospect in South Carolina, said Wake's coaches told him he can play right away.

"Playing time is definitely something I do consider," Miller said. "Playing time immediately is something that I want. Well, I mean I'm pretty sure I'll be getting the opportunity to play right away."

He is not sure when he will choose a school.

Miller recorded 70 tackles, 27 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and 40 quarterback hurries to lead Gaffney to the state championship crown and a 12-3 finish.

He represented South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl, as a defensive end for the Sandlappers.
"It [Shrine Bowl] was a great experience," Miller said. "I wouldn't trade it for nothing. If I could do it again I would. First of all [I learned] to be grateful for the talent I have and being able to just walk and being what's considered normal in society, because after going to the Shriners Hospital, it makes you thankful for everything that a person has that they take for granted every day."

"I've never been the type to take things for granted, but it makes you more appreciative than you were."

Miller blocked a PAT in South Carolina's 23-19 win over North Carolina.

"I think I did pretty good," Miller said. "There was a lot of holding that was going on in the game that didn't get called. I was used to it, but throw a flag."

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