It's Always Miller Time For Versatile Prospect

It is difficult to get a read on which of his three sports is the best for a talented prospect who likes the Tigers.

Selma, Ala.--Although he was overshadowed as a junior by a rather high-profile teammate, look for Selma High three-sport star Jai Miller to make a name for himself during the coming football, basketball and baseball seasons.

Miller, who was in Auburn this past weekend for a football camp, was one of the most impressive athletes on the field for the two-day session. Although he plays quarterback at Selma High, he worked out with the wide receivers at the AU Camp and looked good doing it.

Jai Miller

Last season he was the QB throwing the football to Parade All-American wideout Benjamin Obomanu, who signed with Auburn in February. Obomanu is expected to immediately challenge for playing time at Auburn this fall after being the most heavily recruited prospect in the state.

Miller, who is 6-4, 200 pounds with 4.6 speed, made the trip to Auburn just before heading out of the state for a national AAU basketball tournament. He plays for the Alabama Ice out of Birmingham. Last season at Selma High, he averaged 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals per game on the hardwood.

"Basketball is my first love," says Miller, who is a point guard. In baseball he plays third base and centerfield. Last season, he hit .430 for the Saints with a .760 slugging percentage. In football, he was running for his life much of the season due to an offensive line that kept him on his toes. He managed to pass for more than 800 yards with seven TDs and two interceptions.

Although basketball is his favorite sport, there is a good possibility that Miller is more talented in football or baseball. The three-sport standout says he isn't sure if he is a better prospect in baseball, basketball or football. "With of this recruiting attention I am getting in football...well, it's never really been my first sport," he says. "Actually, I can't really say what is my best sport. I mean, if I was to put my heart into football, who knows what could happen?"

Miller says he is managing to fit in football strength and conditioning workouts this summer around his basketball schedule. Managing multiple sports has become routine for the athlete who has been a varsity starter at Selma High in football, basketball and baseball since he was a ninth grader.

"We have got some pretty big shoes to fill with Ben leaving," Miller says. "It's going to be a tough year. We just need to work hard in the weight room and we will have a decent year."

Jai Miller has excellent hands as a receiver in football.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Obomanu kept a perfect 4.0 grade point average as an honor student at Selma High. Miller isn't too shabby in the classroom either. He carries a 3.86 grade point average into his senior season and says he plans to improve that this year. Miller says he is not sure what field he wants to major in as a college student. "I am thinking business, but I also like so many different fields like architecture and things like that so I still have a few things to sort out." Miller says four colleges are currently on his favorite list--Auburn, Alabama, Stanford and Georgia Tech...Miller's first name is pronounced like the name "Jay."


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