Highland Springs has become only the eighth high school in the country to send at least one player to the Army All-American Bowl in consecutive years. Today, 6-3, 235-pound linebacker Jarrell Miller was officially named as a 2006 Army All-American.
“It’s been great obviously to have two great players go [to the Army game] back-to-back, but I think it speaks to the type of community and the type of program we’re trying to build here,” Highland Springs head coach Scott Burton said. Victor “Macho” Harris was named last year. “We’re not trying to build a team, we’re trying to build a program. You have to pass a character test when you’re selected for the Army game, so it’s a testament to them as individuals and shows that they are good kids as well.”
Virtually ever since Miller arrived at Highland Springs, Burton and the rest of his coaching staff felt he would end up as one of the top high school recruits in the country. And, through hard work and selfless dedication to the program, Miller has become the player and person Burton envisioned.
“The road hasn’t been easy, but then again we all kind of expected to be at the end of this road,” Burton said. “Jarrell’s always done anything we’ve asked him to and then some. We needed him to move from fullback to offensive line and he did it. We asked him to play center this year when we lost our center and he did it. He doesn’t care about stats. As long as we win, he’s happy.”
As a senior, Miller, who is the Springers middle linebacker, has stepped up his level of play and is showing why he is rated the top defensive prospect in the state of Virginia.
“He’s exceeded our expectations,” Burton said of Miller’s senior season. “He’s made a bunch of plays he probably shouldn’t be making and he’s making all the ones he should. He’s not a finished product, but his progress has been real nice to see.”
Miller has narrowed his list of schools to five – Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He has official visits set with every school but Virginia Tech, which he...
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