Player Spotlight: Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller, a rising prospect out of perennial Texas powerhouse Southlake Carroll, traveled with this dad to Manhattan to watch the Kansas State spring game. The 6-1, 220 defensive tackle made the trip to introduce himself to coaches and get a feel for the program.

"This was kind of my first experience," said Jeff Miller on making campus visits. "I like the goals they have in running the athlete program, especially the academic part. I talked with Coach Joe Bob Clements. He said they were going to send a scout down to look at me in spring practice which started last week. It was a good trip. We hung out with Will (Davis) and I got a good sense of the school and the direction of the program."

Carroll teammate, Will Davis, has already given his verbal pledge to the Wildcat program. This coming season Davis will move from Southlake Carroll's linebacking corp to the defensive front, a role he believes he's ready to handle.

"Playing linebacker helped me in understanding defenses better," said Miller. "If the defensive line doesn't do their job, it's going to really affect the linebackers ability to make plays, so I need to play disciplined football. I'm coming into spring ball bigger and stronger and can tell a difference. Right now I'm experiencing a growth spurt. My Dad's 6-6, and my Mom's 5-10. I think I'm going to continue to get taller."

Miller is an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA, top 10 academic ranking in his class, and a 30 on the ACT. He's been hearing from academic juggernauts like Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth, while also receiving interest from larger Division 1 universities.

"The New Mexico Lobos called today," said Miller. "I've also heard from various D2 and D3 colleges. I want to go somewhere to play where football won't hinder my education because that's very important to me. I don't want to be penalized later in life because I decided to play football in college. Finding the right place to play and get a good education is the main factor for me.

"Also, I'm looking at how the coaches treat their players. Winning's important, but some coaches just use the players. I want to play for someone who takes a personal interest in his players and take the time to get to know them and care about them. That would be a big influence on my decision."

Miller is planning on camping at Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Abilene Christian, and Kansas State during the summer, if he can fit it into the the rigorous off-season conditioning program set up for Southlake Carroll players. The five day-a-week program starts every day at 7;00 a.m. and runs through June and July. Miller knows all the hard work in the off-season will pay big dividends on the field.

"My goal is for us to win every District game next season," Miller stated. "If that doesn't happen, then I want to say I did my part and gave my best effort. As far as personal goals, I'd like to lead the team in sacks and make All-District."

Miller's mother, Kathy Miller, was a four year letterman at Notre Dame in volleyball. He has aspirations of working in the medical field and plans to major in Biochemistry in college. Miller will wear No. 45 in his senior year for the Southlake Carroll Dragons.

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