Miller Time: Early Commit Staying Busy

Penn State's first 2015 commitment has played a significant role in building the Nittany Lions' second-ranked class.

When Jarvis Miller became Penn State's first Class of 2015 verbal commitment on new head coach James Franklin's first Junior Day, he couldn't have imagined he would have 15 classmates by the middle of May.

Yet, that's exactly what the Suffield, Conn., three-star safety has.

There are many leaders, communicators and recruiters in the class that will sign next February. But as the first to join, Miller feels he's in an important role.

"I definitely feel like I'm one of the leaders of this class," Miller said. "I'm out here recruiting the best around; we have [receiver] Juwan [Johnson] over here, [tackle] Ryan Bates over there; we have a good class.

"I'm just being a leader and recruiting other people to make my class stronger."

Miller was speaking after testing at a recent NIKE Football Training Camp in New Jersey. At the time, he was State's lone safety pledge. There are now two junior safeties committed, as another combine participant, Washington, D.C., St. John's three-star Ayron Monroe, committed to the Lions Saturday.

"He's a great player that I got to know very well since the first NFTC," Miller said. "I'm glad he committed and can't wait to play with him."

Only Michigan State has offered Miller since he committed, though he made clear the offer meant little. He is, and intends to be, a Nittany Lion.

So what exactly is Penn State getting in the three-star?

For starters, he's up to 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and expects to play at 200 pounds this fall. He ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at the New Jersey NFTC, though reports a previously timed 4.6 40-yard dash. At the New Jersey combine, the safety also turned in a 4.0 shuttle, a 35.3-inch vertical jump and a 34-inch power ball throw. The latter was a personal best.

Of course, physicality wasn't on display much during the limited contact event. Yet, it's another aspect Miller says he hopes to bring during his time in blue and white.

"I like to hit, so maybe I'll be at strong [safety]," Miller said. "But wherever they want to put me, wherever I can make the biggest impact, I'll play.

"I've been running track. I ran a slow time here, but I've just been working out and getting better."

Indeed, track and field has taken up a lot of Miller's spring. So too has recruiting other players and getting to know his fellow commitments.

The safety has yet to meet all of them, though he said a group text message that encompasses almost all of the verbal pledges has helped him get to know most of his future teammates. The chance to meet them in person may come again this summer, when the junior said he will attend some of Penn State's summer camps.

Until then, his days will be filled with running and lifting, texting and calling. It's the only way he knows to ensure he and his Class of 2015 will prosper.

"I'm going for there for basically all three [camps] and just chilling down there," Miller said. "Hopefully, [the other commits will be there] and just hang out down there having fun and meeting everyone.

"The players in my class have made it strong, and I'm just laying back right now."


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