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Richmond, Va. linebacker Jarrell Miller talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


Jarrell Miller has all the skill and all the all physical abilities that you look for in an inside linebacker. He is big, strong and fast and loves to deliver a blow.

Miller jumped into the starting line-up at Highland Springs his freshman year when he started two games at defensive end. His sophomore year, he moved to inside linebacker and has been a terror for opposing offense's ever since. Last season, Miller finished with 80 total tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles caused.

"Playing middle linebacker is such a thrill because all the action seems to come through me," said Miller. "All kinds of things are going on around me and I am right in the middle of the action. Plus, my hero — Ray Lewis — plays middle linebacker and I love to play football just like him. He smacks anything that comes close to him and anything that comes in his area. He has control of the middle of the field and he loves playing the game.

"I love playing the game and I just love playing football. I don't mind playing any position because I just want to help my team and play football. I know I can't play quarterback, but I know I can play several different positions on defense. I will play any of them to get on the field."

Miller can bench 275 pounds, squats 350 and he is a part-time starter in hoops. Miller also throws the shot and discus in track, and he has already qualified for regionals in both events. Last season, Miller attended the Virginia and Virginia Tech summer camps last summer, and he attended the Virginia Tech spring game last weekend. Miller also plans to go to the Virginia spring game this weekend and Maryland the following weekend.

Miller has been offered by at least 15 schools at this point and right now everybody is still in the hunt.

"I am very open and I like all the schools that are interested in me," said Miller. "I don't want to narrow anything down because I don't know very much about some of these schools. I am going on school websites trying to get information on several of these schools.

"I have been offered by Miami, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Wake Forrest, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Duke and Penn State."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"Bob Stoops is a great football coach and he coaches a great football program," said Miller. "When Oklahoma offered me all I could think about at first was all the tornados that they have. I also didn't think Oklahoma had any cities to speak of or anything. I just thought they had farm country and that is about it.

"I have since found out that they do have cities. They are not as big as New York City, but they are nice cities. I really don't mind living in a college community. In fact, I would prefer it because that just seems to be what college town is all about."

Miller is still waiting to take his ACT test.

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