Highland Springs (VA) linebacker Jarrell Miller made his fifth and final official visit this past weekend, as he traveled to Virginia Tech. The 6-3, 235-pound prospect, rated a 4-star recruit and the best defensive prospect in the state, is a big time target who will announce his final decision at the Army All-American Bowl game on January 7th.
“It was a lot of fun,” John Miller, who is Jarrell’s father, said. Jarrell was hosted by his former teammate, freshman cornerback Victor Harris. “He just said he had a good time. He said he just likes the school. Of course, he also likes Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. He did say the [Virginia Tech] visit did meet his expectations.”
The dead period in recruiting begins today, which means Division 1A coaches are not allowed to make in-home visits, evaluations, or permit players to visit. It lasts until January 1st. Yesterday may have been the last chance for any school to contact Miller in person, as he plans to leave for San Antonio (Army Bowl) on January 1st according to his father.
Jarrell and his family will discuss his decision over the holidays, perhaps as early as this week.
“He’s a little overwhelmed by everything right now,” Mr. Miller said. “We’ll talk, maybe sometime by the end of this weekend.”
What factors are most important in Jarrell’s decision?
”Academics and how well he fits into their system,” Mr. Miller said. “Those were questions we asked all five head coaches. All said he fit in really well and all of the schools have great academics. It’s going to be tough.”
As for location, Mr. Miller says it is “not a factor at all.”
The finalists here are, in alphabetical order, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Jarrell made official visits to all five schools.
Miller had an outstanding senior season, racking up 99 tackles including 17 tackles-for-loss and seven and a half sacks.
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