Jarvis Miller has put on quite a show through seven games
One of Penn State’s first Class of 2015 pledges, the Suffield (Conn.) High three-star is fifth in the state with 1,216 yards rushing. He’s averaging 14.8 yards per carry and has 16 touchdowns.
Penn State isn’t recruiting him to play offense. Rather, the Lons like him at safety, where the numbers are just as good.
Miller has racked up 57 tackles, five pass breakups and five interceptions for 5-2 Suffield. He’s hoping to swell those numbers as the season goes on.
“I’ve always played both sides of the ball since I started playing football in eighth grade,” he explained. “Honestly, I played running back before I played defensive back.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect started playing safety when his coaches realized his physical nature and love of hitting could land him scholarship offers at the next level.
They were right on the money.
Only Michigan State has offered since Miller committed to Penn State Feb. 15. He’s expecting new interest to come when his final highlight tape is released, but he’s only focusing on Penn State, now and in the future.
“As soon as I committed, nobody else was or is in the picture,” he said.
“As soon as I committed, nobody else was or is in the picture.”
The senior was not able to travel to University Park for the Lions’ 31-24 White Out loss to Ohio State. He still caught it on TV.
“I was just picturing myself being in that stadium next year, in that blue and white uniform, and playing on defense,” Miller said. “The fans are crazy, and the atmosphere and the environment; I can’t wait.
‘I’m proud and honored just to play for a university like that. They take football seriously, it’s a football town and state, and the game was great.”
He hopes to play in next year’s White Out game, and the Lions’ staff has told him he will have every opportunity to do so — without promising him anything.
“They definitely see me making an impact as soon as I get there,” Miller said. “I just need to study film, get bigger in the weight room and be a student of the game.
“They said just to come here and compete. They will definitely put me in position to play.”
The senior has not yet been able to visit Penn State this fall due to most of his games falling on Saturdays, but hopes to get there for the Michigan State game at the end of November.
“Matt Burrell, I’ve been on him,” Miller said. “I met him on an unofficial visit and he was here and that was just great talking to him. I definitely see him fitting in great here, and obviously Christian, I grew up with him and have been on him.
“He’s going to take his visits, and Penn State’s most definitely one of them,” Miller continued. “I think they are high on his list. He really, really likes Penn State, but he’s going to take his time and is not going to rush his process.”