Leader Blues

Friday, February 08, 2008

SPORTS >> Sylvan Hills’ Miller takes offer from Mississippi

Leader sports editor

Sylvan Hills two-star standout Hunter Miller signed a letter to play football with Ole Miss on Wednesday in the Sylvan Hills High School library.

Miller was an All-State and All-Conference quarterback and free safety for the Bears, rushing for 1,379 yards and throwing for 1,128 more in his senior season.

“He’s one of the best players in the state,” said Sylvan Hills head coach Jim Withrow, who just finished his first season at the school. “I don’t know if he’s not the most versatile player in the state.

“He’s a quarterback, but he can play receiver or he can play tailback.

“He was our free safety and our punter, and he returned punts. I don’t think anybody in the state did as much as Hunter did.”

Withrow figures Ole Miss will use Miller as a defensive back. Miller had a 40-yard-dash speed of 4.51, Withrow said, but thinks he can reduce that to 4.4 in college.

“That 4.5 time was him coming straight out of baseball,” Withrow said. “One of the things you don’t realize about him is just how good an athlete he is. I don’t think I realized it until I saw him get out in space. That’s when he does great stuff.”

Withrow said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Miller play baseball at Ole Miss.

“After the high school season is over, he’ll be able to see where everything stands. I think it’s a definite possibility.