A Split Miller Household

Jeff Miller, the 6-5, 235-pound defensive end from Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake, verbally committed to UCLA last week, and he talks about his commitment, and how the Miller home is now split between UCLA and USC...

Holiday dinners in the Miller household ought to get interesting after Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake defensive end Jeff Miller (6-5, 245) committed to UCLA last week.

With Miller's decision to attend UCLA, it will pit him against his older brother Jimmy, a redshirt freshman tight end at USC.

"He's happy for me, but he gave me a little crap about it," said Miller. "I talked to him right after he committed, and he congratulated me."

Miller chose the Bruins over Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State and Ole Miss, all schools among 12 that offered him a scholarship.

"UCLA is a program on the rise and I want to be a part of that. It's close to home and I love the coaches. Coach (Thurmond) Moore is a great guy and I want to play for him," said Miller.

Miller visited UCLA unofficially on Wednesday with his father, and they met with head coach Karl Dorrell and broke the news to him.

"I was meeting with Coach Dorrell and Coach Moore and when I told them I was committing, they stood up and clapped and all of the other coaches came in and clapped and congratulated me," said Miller. "My dad and I were pretty happy with how it went."

After missing the Warriors first four games because of a break in the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot, Miller recently got the cast off his leg and will be back this weekend when Westlake plays Simi Valley.

"I actually got it off the day I committed. We're 1-3 right now so I'm really chomping at the bit to get back out and play. I'm not sure if I'm going to play offense right away, I'll probably work my way in, but I'm just happy to get back out there and play," Miller said.

Miller's foot injury came on the Warriors final two-a-day practice. Making a cut while playing tight end, he rolled his foot and where the foot was taped, the pressure caused the break in the fifth metatarsal.

With the decision out of the way and his season debut coming this week, a huge weight has been lifted from Miller.

"There's no more pressure for me to decide, and now I can just go out and enjoy the rest of my senior year and focus on my season," said Miller. "I'm 100% committed to UCLA and that's the only place I'm going to visit."

As a junior Miller recorded 60 tackles including 14 sacks. He also had four forced fumbles and three recoveries. Splitting time at tight end last season, he grabbed 16 catches for 183 yards and 1 TD, but this fall will be the Warriors top tight end.

Academically, Miller has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT on June 4th.


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