Carolina Making Final Pitch For Miller

North Carolina 2006 linebacker target Jarrell Miller without question likes Chapel Hill. He also likes Tar Heels' coach John Bunting. And former teammate Wyatt Hicks is doing his best to persuade Miller to choose UNC over the likes of Virginia Tech, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Carolina coaches have done everything in their power to convince the four-star recruit to make UNC his final collegiate destination.

But will that be enough to fend off the other powerhouse programs currently in pursuit of his services?

Miller returned home to Richmond, Va. from an official visit to North Carolina on Sunday, and Inside Carolina spoke with his coach shortly afterwards.

"He really likes Chapel Hill and the college atmosphere there," Highland Springs coach Bruce Sutton said. "He really talks a lot about Franklin Street. But he also understands there is a lot more to playing at a program than just where he likes the atmosphere and the environment the campus provides.

"We have a player there now, Wyatt Hicks. Carolina has been very good to him for several years there. Wyatt, being a good friend with Jarrell, is going to be very honest with Jarrell. Wyatt has a lot of good things to say about Carolina, which has piqued Jarrell's interest."

Miller, at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, has outstanding size for his position, and is known for his hard-hitting tackling and ease of movement. He has offers from all of the above mentioned schools of his interest and has visited or will visit each one. Miller's one remaining visit is this coming week to Virginia Tech.

Starting next Monday begins the "dead period" for college football recruiting. Coaches cannot contact prospects until after New Year's.

"He will have a couple of weeks to make his decision, but it will be without the barrage of coaches trying to contact him," Sutton said. "They restrict contact during that time so kids can be with their families and likewise with their coaches."

Sutton said Miller plans to make his decision public at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 7.

Do the math, factor in the limited capability of communication, and it becomes apparent the UNC coaches have this week, and practically this week only, make their final pitch to the Miller camp.

"Carolina has done an impressive job of recruiting him," Sutton said. "He feels great about Coach Bunting. The fact that he's a linebacker guy has always been very impressive. His personality and intensity has a lot to do with it."

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