L.A. Linebacker Receiving National Attention

Jim Miller, a 6-1 220-pound linebacker from Venice High School in Venice, California (Los Angeles), is receiving interest from many of the nations top football programs. Has he heard from the Irish?

As a junior, Miller recorded 125 tackles (74 solo), 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three deflections and four caused fumbles. He was the first 4-year starter in the history of Venice High School and was also the school's first underclassman to be elected team captain.

Has he heard from Notre Dame? "Nope, I haven't heard a thing from them. It would certainly be nice to hear from them. However, it's still early. One of my dad's best friends is Tom Clements and he's always talking about Notre Dame. I'd definitely be interested if I heard from them."

Notre Dame's lack of interest thus far has not been indicative of the interest level shown by many of the nation's other top programs. "I'm receiving a lot of mail from USC, Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State," said Miller.

What's going to be the biggest factor in picking a school? "The environment of the school, the life around the campus, academics, the coaching staff and the tradition of the program. I really just want to find the best overall fit."

Is distance going to be a factor? "Well, I'm a Southern California kid. I'd like to stay in Southern California. My brother went to school at Louisville and he hated the weather in Kentucky. However, sometimes you have to make sacrifices and I don't think the weather would prevent me from going to a great school with other things to offer."

Miller has a 3.2 gpa and will be taking his tests in May and June.

Comments: Miller seemed to have a genuine interest in the Irish. It's still early in the process, but I think Notre Dame would certainly be in the mix for Miller's services, should they begin to pursue him.

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