RECRUITING: California DE plans to visit Norman

Westlake Village, Calif. defensive end Jeff Miller update.


Jeff Miller is a terror rushing off the edge, and at his size and speed he is one of the most talented defensive players in the country.

Miller broke into the starting line-up as a sophomore at defensive tackle before moving to defensive end and tight end last year, where he will also play his senior year. Miller finished last season with 16 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown.On defense, he finished with 60 tackles, 14 sacks, five batted down passes, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

"Some people are recruiting me to play tight end and some defensive end, but most of them are recruiting me to play defensive end," said Miller. "I really don't have any preference, but if I had a choice I guess I would say DE over TE because I would rather play on defense."

Miller, who benches 305 pounds squats 475, has never attended a college football camp. He has been offered by Oklahoma, Oregon State, Washington State, Mississippi, Washington, Colorado, Boston College and Oregon.

Miller is also the brother of Jimmy Miller, who redshirted last year at USC.

"He told me to keep my options open and told me to take trips, which is something that he didn't do," said Miller when asked what advice his big brother game him about the recruiting process. "He committed before his senior year and really didn't have any trips to take because he never changed his mind. I really don't have a top three. I am keeping my options open to everybody. This summer I hope to take some trips and then I might narrow some things down.

"I hope to make it out to Oklahoma and Texas, and then I will probably go and see Washington and Washington State. Other than that, I am not really sure."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"I like them a lot," said Miller. "I talked to a coach (Chris Wilson) yesterday and he sounds real cool and nice. He told me that they wanted to get me out there to see the campus and the program close up. That is something that I want to do. I went to the Orange Bowl this year and watched them play, so I was around them a lot hanging around with my brother. I just now they are a great program and a program that I like a lot."

Miller has qualified.

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