Miller talks visits, recruiting

Jaylen Miller of Gaffney (S.C.) High School has a host of big Division 1 offers but the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end says that Wake Forest the school in hottest pursuit. Miller made an unofficial visit to Winston-Salem with his parents for the Demon Deacons game with North Carolina and came away enthusiastic after getting a chance to interact more with the coaching staff.

"We loved it," said Jaylen Miller. "The game was delayed due to weather but it turned out to be a great game to see in person. I got to talk to Coach Galloway and Coach Mac, who I talk to all the time anyway. They told me to come on the field and talk to them for awhile. It feels like a family there. When it's game time, things get intense, but any other time it's a humble environment. My parents enjoyed it too. They love Wake Forest. I'm going to be talking with the coaches about what weekend to come back for my official."

Miller is also hearing from a lot from Duke, N.C. State, LSU, Kentucky, and Florida, so they'll be heavy competition for the pass rusher from recruiting powerhouses. Wake Forest, however, has plenty going for them, including a close relationship to the football staff, as Miller contemplates his college decision.

"Wake Forest is recruiting me hard," he said. "I really like them, but I want to visit all of the campuses before I make a commitment anywhere. I want to call the coaches at Florida, Duke, N.C. State, and Kentucky to schedule my official visits.

"I looking for the right atmosphere where I get a good, comfortable feeling being there. That's why I want to check out every campus because I don't want to be somewhere I feel out of place. I'm going to look at the roster to see how many defensive linemen they have coming back and who all they're bringing in this year."

At Gaffney, Miller says he's having his "best season yet." He has 22 tackles, eight sacks, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

"Last Friday night I had six sacks playing against York," Miler said. "I play defensive end in a 4-2 defense. Basically, I didn't like the way I looked in my uniform so I've been working on my appearance. I know it probably sounds funny but that's something I'm trying to improve. I'm also trying to get faster. My best 40 time was a 4.89 at a combine."

Miller says this is a young Gaffney team that's started out the season at 2-2. This Friday, September 21st, the Indians will host Dorman, a highly-ranked team from the Spartanburg area in their first region game in South Carolina 4A.


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