After making it to the state championship game and losing a heartbreaker last season, Jaylen Miller (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) had high expectations for his senior season.
However, after a 3-3 start, the four-star defensive end knew he needed to take his focus off of recruiting and focus his energy on the field.
"If I took care of the season, the recruiting would take care of itself," Miller said.
Two months later, Miller finds himself at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas fresh off a nine-game winning streak, which culminated in a return visit to the state championship game and a new state title ring.
And recruiting is taking care of itself. Miller has three official visits set up and has two more schools ready to finalize dates.
"I have Georgia Tech the second weekend in January, then Wake Forest, and then the Maryland visit," Miller said. "I'm trying to set one to North Carolina before that, but they say it is a dead period so I may make it a mid-week visit."
Miller had a visit scheduled to NC State the first weekend in February, but the new Wolfpack coaching staff is still getting their own visits squared away.
"I talked to Coach [Ryan] Nielsen and he made a school visit and he keeps in contact with me. We are getting everything set for my visit and they made sure I knew I still have an offer."
Miller is still figuring out how to dive head-first into the recruiting process just as much as schools are still trying to figure out how they could use the 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive lineman.
"If anything, I would prefer to play end, and I would play outside linebacker. Everybody is saying defensive end except North Carolina, and they said they might move me to defensive tackle."
In the end, Miller just hopes that he makes the right move that again produces a championship.