UNC, Miller Reconnect

UNC, Miller Reconnect

North Carolina has restarted it's recruitment of Jaylen Miller.

"I started hearing from them again right when the story started going around that the [commitment] wasn't eligible for North Carolina and a spot would be open," Miller said.

UNC was among the first schools to offer Miller, a 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive lineman from Gaffney (S.C.), a scholarship. However, when the Tar Heels' filled up at the defensive line position, their recruiting efforts diminished. When Jarran Reed de-committed from UNC in mid-November, Miller was one of the first D-line recruits the staff reached out to.

"At first I felt like I was a second priority," Miller said. "And then they started to explain to me how it went. I understand now that it's how the recruiting process is and I understand everything now."

Gunter Brewer, who recruits Gaffney for UNC, is the UNC coach to reach out to Miller.

"He wanted to make sure I understood what went on, so that I wouldn't feel the way I felt," Miller said. "He was explaining the whole situation."

Brewer and Miller have spent the past few weeks making up for lost time.

"We talk pretty much every day or every other day," Miller said. "I call him or he calls me.

"I talk to Coach Deke [Adams], too. They just want to make sure that I know they really want me there."

Brewer also attended one of Gaffney's playoff games, as well as a recent practice. Additionally, he was on hand for an awards banquet where Miller was named South Carolina High School Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Miller plans to officially visit UNC at some point, but hasn't discussed dates with either Brewer or Adams.

Miller also speaks regularly with UNC wide receiver Quinshad Davis, who had a standout freshman season for the Tar Heels. The two were teammates at Gaffney the past couple of seasons.

"When we talk, we talk about anything and everything," Miller said. "If we talk about recruiting, he just talks about it in general."

Not much has changed within Miller's recruitment since UNC's absence. He still doesn't claim a list of favorite schools and definitely has no inkling of a leader. Miller has, though, tentatively scheduled January official visits with Maryland and Wake Forest, and hopes to set something up with Duke.

According to Miller, most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end.

"Schools have said if I get to 290 [pounds], I'll move to D-tackle," Miller said. "But I told them I don't have any intentions for that. End is where I want to be."

Miller ended his senior football season with 27 sacks as Gaffney won the SCHSL AAAA I Championship.

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