Westlake DL Jeff Miller

One of the top defensive players in the area next year is expected to be Westlake defensive end Jeff Miller (6-5, 245) and he's a familiar name to Trojan fans as his brother Jimmy is currently a tight end on the USC squad.

"I don't really have any favorites so far when it comes to recruiting. I'm just keeping my options open at this point. There have been a lot of schools in contact like Oregon, UCLA, USC, Boston College, Michigan. I went down to a couple USC games this year since my brother is on the team and we went to Miami as well for the Orange Bowl, that was pretty sweet. I didn't get to see Jimmy much on that trip because I went down with a buddy and we explored but I talked to him afterwards and he relayed everything they did."

Like his brother, Jeff is a two-way star for the Warriors while playing both defensive end and tight end. He ended last season with 42 tackles and 16 receptions as he was named 1st team All-State underclass on the DL. It was a tough year for Westlake as they went 5-5 after finishing 14-0 when Jeff was a sophomore.

"We had a lot of injuries last season and had to struggle through adversity. Everything clicked when I was a sophomore and I think we should be real good again next year."

Jeff runs a 4.8 40 and has a bench press of 250 with a squat of 405. We asked him to describe himself as a player and to check his preference for which side of the ball he will play on at the college level.

"I'm a pass rushing defensive end with speed off the edge. My brother was a finesse guy who would use his speed to get around a guy but I can also be more physical at times. I like playing defense better than offense but I'll play wherever the coaches want me to play, it doesn't matter to me at all."

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