2006 Focus: Jarrell Miller

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Highland Springs not only boasts the top prospect in the state for the 2005 class in Victor “Macho” Harris, but they boast one of the top players in 2006 as well in Jarrell Miller . Miller, who is 6-3, 235-pounds and runs a 4.7 in the 40, has already received scholarship offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“Virginia Tech and Virginia are his only 2 written offers,” Highland Springs Head Coach Scott Burton said. LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma are among the other schools showing heavy interest as well. “Both of those staff’s have seen him in camp. Both have seen him up close. They’ve seen him run in drills and have seen his athleticism. They like his athleticism, his aggressiveness and his hand-placement. Another thing is that he’s always at the front of the line to do something. He’s ambitious.”

Miller plays on the offensive line this season, which is a change from playing fullback last year. He also plays middle linebacker, which is the position he could end up playing on the next level.

“He’s being recruited as a big athlete type,” Burton said. “Some coaches told me he had the potential to be one of the better fullbacks in the country. I’m not sure about that now since he’s playing on the offensive line. He could also be a linebacker or a defensive end.

“We play him on both sides, but honestly he does better right now when he focuses on one thing. He plays middle linebacker and we’ve moved him to the offensive line. Playing offensive line is new for him. When he focuses on just playing one, he excels at that position.”

Burton raved about Miller during last season, when Miller was a sophomore. This year, he sees an even better player who is improving by the week.

“We’re beginning to see glimpses of the player we think he can be,” Burton said. “He’s very talented, he’s aggressive and he wants to be coached. He takes what he’s learned in each game and tries to apply it the next time out. He focuses on what we are saying. He’s very dedicated to our program. He’s a nice player to have on your team.”

A solid student, Miller carries a 3.0 GPA in the classroom. The outstanding student athlete promises to be the center of an in-state recruiting battle and should also have a number of out of state programs to consider as well.

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