D-End is Wide Open

Jeff Miller

With his brother playing at USC, you'd think that the Trojans would be the clear favorite for Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake's defensive end, 6-5, 240-pound Jeff Miller. But he tells us a different story...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake defense end Jeff Miller (6-5, 240), has received seven scholarship offers, with five other schools still in the mix.

Miller's offers come from Oklahoma, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona, Boston College and Colorado.

Schools that haven't offered but continue to have a presence in his recruitment are Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State and the school his older brother Jimmy Miller plays for, USC.

"I really am wide open, and am definitely keeping an open mind," said Miller. "Of course my brother is trying to get me to go to USC with him, but he told me that wherever I decide to go, make sure I am comfortable with it."

UCLA tight end coach Jon Embree is recruiting Miller. "Coach Embree is a cool guy. I like the staff at UCLA," said Miller.

Miller didn't attend any camps this spring, though he did attend the Ventura County Coaches Combine simply to have his height and weight measured.

"Our coach doesn't want us to go any camps if we can avoid them. I went to the (Ventura County) combine and got measured, but it was more for some of my other teammates, for them to have a chance to shine with recruiters there."

While his brother plays tight end in college, Miller sees himself on the other side of the ball, though Kansas State is one school recruiting him as a tight end.

"I'm most likely a defensive end," he said. "I think when more coaches see me play tight end, they could recruit me there, but I'm really a defensive end."

As a junior Miller recorded 60 tackles, including 14 sacks. He also had four forced fumbles and three recoveries. Splitting time at tight end last season, he grabbed 16 catches for 183 yards and 1 touchdown, but this fall will be the Warriors top tight end.

Like his brother, Jeff wants to make an early decision.

"I want to make decision before my senior year starts so I can have a clear head for my season," said Miller.

This summer, he plans to take some unofficial visits.

"I want to check out Oklahoma for sure. USC and UCLA are close, so I'll have no problem checking them out. Then I'll go up to Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon.

Academically, Miller has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT on June 4th.

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