Simply Groovy

Looking fresh out of the 1970s, Sylvan Hills' Hunter Miller (6-1, 185, 4.4) has certainly grabbed some attention at this week's Houston Nutt Football Camp in Fayetteville.

Sylvan Hills' Hunter Miller (6-1, 185, 4.4) certainly has gotten a lot of attention at the Houston Nutt Football Camp the past two years.

There's the speed, the desire to compete in almost every drill, there's the coverage ability.

Oh, and there's the hair – an afro style which looks as if he just stepped out of Fox's That 70s Show and that will be donated to Locks of Love down the line.

"I just like the style and everybody knows about my hair," Miller said. "Especially now at camps when coaches are looking for me they just look for my hair. Whatever it takes to get their attention so I just keep it."

Sylvan Hills coach Jimmy Withrow, who took over the post two months ago after previously coaching at Class 5A Little Rock Mills and going 7-4 last season, was initially a little taken back by the unique look.

"When I first showed up, I walked in and said ‘God, what is that?'" Withrow remembered. "But I guess it is just a sign of the times. I've been more about how do you act and how do you represent our program and the hair thing really doesn't bother me."

Withrow got a chance to see Miller during spring practice and certainly came away impressed with a guy who plays quarterback for him, but likely projects more as a wideout or defensive back in college.

"I think he is one of the best athletes I have ever coached because not only is he a playmaker on offense, but he can punt it well over 50 yards and also can kick off into the endzone," Withrow said. "I thought he was just kind of a vertical sprinter, but he can actually make the move and everything else."

The Razorbacks have an idea where Miller would line up for them if he is offered a scholarship and ends up in Fayetteville.

"Arkansas is talking about moving me to free safety," Miller said. "Some schools are looking at me at quarterback, but others are projecting me as an athlete. Really its just more about where I best fit their program. It really doesn't matter too much to me."

Withrow said that Miller is someone who is getting a crash course at the safety spot this week in Arkansas' camp.

"One of the things about him on defense is that he is a little behind because he has never played there," Withrow said. "Once he spends more time there and gets more reps – like he is doing at camp this week – he'll be okay. You can tell his a natural at it, but he just has to learn the spot. But I am not going to play him very much on defense because he is so important to us on offense."

He's certainly getting attention from schools for more than his hair.

"I'm getting letters every day," Miller said. "But the teams I am really focusing on right now are Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tulsa and Oklahoma State."

Louisiana-Monroe is one of the schools looking at him as a quarterback.

He obviously has been trying to make his mark this week at Arkansas' camp, where last season he finished fourth out of over 500 campers in the Fastest Man competition.

"I'm going to go to Tulsa next Friday and do a workout there and then take a couple of days off and go to Florida (for vacation)," Miller said. "Then I am just going to come back to workout and get stronger and faster and do 7-on-7 all summer."

Sylvan Hills, who resides in the 6A East Conference, is expected to have a very strong squad this upcoming season after finishing 4-6 a season ago.

"I think we are going to be pretty good and actually have a chance to go all the way," Miller said. "I know we will make the playoffs and we have a bunch of good athletes."


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