Deacs visit SC DL

Jaylen Miller of Gaffney (S.C) High School has been one of Wake Forest's big targets at defensive line. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound end has been stellar for his team this season racking up a sack total that has account for 290 yards lost by opponents. The Demon Deacon staff was there to see him this past Friday when Gaffney dealt highly-ranked Byrnes their first loss of the season.

"Coach Mac was actually there for the Byrnes game," said Jaylen Miller. "I did fine individually. I had two sacks and a tackle for loss. My experience has been paying off big time this season. It's mostly about me being able to out-think the offensive linemen. It's my fourth year as a starter. I'm trying to led the team by example to give 100-percent effort, stay undeterred mentally, and walk off the field with no excuses."

After the 22-18 win over Byrnes, the Indians are now 5-3 on the season. Miller, playing strictly at defensive end, has 41 tackles, 18 sacks, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Although he may wait to take his officials until after the season, Miller has been to Winston-Salem once and plans to go back again soon for a game.

"When I was there for the UNC game," he said, "it was an unofficial visit. I'm planning on going to the Boston College game on an unofficial too. Wake Forest is the only school I know I'm going to take an official to for sure. I have to get with Coach Galloway to set up the exact date. If I take any others it would be to Duke, Marshall, or N.C. State.

"I was with my parents at the UNC game. They loved it. I got to talk to the coaches, go on the field, and meet some of the committed players. I was talking to Taylor Chambers, a big 6'7" offensive lineman. I went pretty well. I definitely had a good time."

This year's class for Wake Forest has been heavy on the offensive line, but could certainly use some defenders on the other side of the line. Miller, who would be a welcome addition, says he his decision will likely come in the late November- early December time frame.

"I'm looking for that 'at home' feeling," Miller said. "I want to play at a college where I'm comfortable around the people there in the community, the coaches, and the players. Before I accept an offer, I just want to make sure that's where I want to be. I'll look at the seniors who are leaving and the commitments they have coming in. Most of all, I want to see how I would fit in. I'm going to talk to my parents and listen to what their opinion, but it's whatever I decide. It's definitely going to be my decision to make."

After football, Miller plans on playing baseball again for Gaffney. He plays first base and bats cleanup in the lineup and also comes in as a relief pitcher. On the gridiron, Gaffney will likely be favored in their last three regular season games. They'll travel to Greer this weekend to face conference rival, Riverside.

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