Having made 130 tackles last year he plans on improving on those numbers next season. The driven youngster has had a successful offseason this summer so far. Miller elaborated on some recent success for his Trojans team. "We won our 7 on 7 after having a bad first half losing 6 of 7 games! We don't practice and it showed real early. I think we did really well being the 1, 2, 4, and 5 seeds to win it all. We played South Pointe High in the finals winning 18 to 6. They are a good football team and we look forward to playing them this year."
We asked Miller about some of the other teams who competed in the Northwestern 7 on 7 tournament and he talked about the opposition. "Teams like Dorman, Westside, Rock Hill, South Pointe, Irmo, Rock Hill, Spring Valley, York, and Chesterfield were there. Westside looked good all day, they were the #1 seed until we beat them 21-8. Overall our team is doing great and working hard. I think we've got a great chance at winning on December 1st (AAAA state championship game) so look for big things coming from the Trojans."
When it came time to talk recruiting Miller says he's talking with a lot of schools but most haven't changed since our last interview. "I stay in contact with South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina." The in-state schools have been showing Miller some early love apparently as well as Miller says, "USC and Clemson say they like me a lot. They both say they are going to give me tickets to the games this year. I talk to them every week too."
Unlike our last conversation though Miller says he now has an early leader. "Really USC is my leader slightly over Clemson so if they were to offer me now I would most likely commit early because I love coach Nix but Clemson is great also. I like their coaches too who are really friendly."
Miller also went so far as to give us an early list as well. "USC, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, and Georgia. Georgia Tech is the x-factor for me."
July will be a busy month for Miller as he plans on hitting the road for visits. "I plan on going to Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and maybe Florida State but I have been down there before."
We put Jerel on the hotseat for a while nearing the end of our interview. We asked Miller to tell us what game he looked forward to the most next season. He quickly responded, "I have two. South Pointe because they talk a lot and are in the same town. The other is Rock Hill. I think it is one of the biggest rivalries in the country not just the state man just come and it might be one of if not the best high school game you will ever see."
We hit him with another tough question as we wanted to know who he thought was the top running back and top quarterback that he's ever faced. "I think Charles Whitlock is the best player I have every faced and Malcolm Long is the best quarterback I've faced hands down."
His fiery play on the field comes from watching one of his favorite players. "I really look up to Ray Lewis a lot. He's my type of player and I compare myself with him a lot."
SCPrepNation.com will keep you up to date with 2009's Jerel Miller as he continues to draw interest from some of the most significant schools in the southeast early on in his recruitment. Stay tuned.