Last year Miller racked up 130 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries. The Northwestern star sees a lot of room for improvement though. "Next year I want to try and help my team win all of our games if possible. I want to make at least 150 tackles, have at least 3 interceptions, and make all-state too."
Having put up such amazing numbers early on in his career big time colleges have taken notice as Miller informed us of the schools who are currently showing the most interest. "Let's see Clemson, South Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State are showing me a lot of interest right now."
The 2009 standout hasn't taken any unofficial visits yet but told us that will soon change. "No I haven't taken any visits yet but I plan to take some visits this summer. I know I'm going to South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State, North Carolina, and North Carolina State."
Miller's success on the field also parlayed to some success at the Scout.com All-American Combine in Charlotte, NC recently. He had this to say about his experience at Panthers Stadium, "I thought it was great. I had a good time. I competed against some of the best players in the areas so it was fun." Once again the hungry Miller saw an area that he would've like to have improved. "Yeah, I thought I could've run a little faster on my 40 but everything else was really good."
Those tremendous stats from a year ago gained the Northwestern star some attention as he was named All-Region last year, All-Area, and All-Area from the Charlotte-Observer. He sees a bright future for his Northwestern squad as they will return a great number of starters from last year's team which finished their season at 6-5.
With the offseason about to be in full swing along with those visits mentioned earlier Miller plans on hitting the camp circuit as well. "I know I'm going to the USC and Clemson camps. I'm working hard and trying to lift everyday and get a head start on things."
Miller says that he has no leaders at this point but did make it known that he would like to remain in the southeast region for college.
When asked to point out his strengths as a football player Miller offered us this self-analysis, "I think my best strength is my tackling ability. I can see the field really well because I've got great vision. My speed is another thing that helps me a lot too. I usually run in the 4.6 to 4.5 range in the 40."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on Northwestern standout LB Jerel Miller as his recruitment is just starting to warm up. Stay with us as we'll have all the details as they unfold.