Leader Blues

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

SPORTS>>Sherwood Miller leaving Ole Miss, heads to Fayetteville

By KELLY FENTON
Leader sports editor

Former Sylvan Hills football star Hunter Miller will not be heading out of state to pursue his career after all.

Miller, who had signed with Houston Nutt and Ole Miss last February, has decided instead to attend the University of Arkansas.

“He enrolled this morning and we’ve found out he’s been accepted,” said Miller’s father, Scott, on Tuesday morning.

According to Scott Miller, Ole Miss had oversigned their scholarships and had askedHunter to grayshirt, which would have meant he would not have received scholarship money nor been allowed to practice with the Rebels for the first semester.

“Hunter didn’t want to do that,” his father said. “It would have been fine if he could have practiced with the team.”

Scott Miller said that it appears Hunter will be given the opportunity to walk on with the Razorbacks. Both Hunter and Scott had spoken to Razorback recruiting coordinator Tim Horton on their way back from Oxford last week to express an interest in Hunter playing for Arkansas.

“Tim Horton told us he’d have to talk to some people,” Scott Miller said. “He called us back and said they’d love to have Hunter.”

Scott Miller said Arkansas had been Hunter’s first choice all along, but after receiving limited interest from the Razorbacks, Miller went with Ole Miss.

Miller was a standout quarterback and free safety at Sylvan Hills. He was also an All-State baseball player, who scored the winning run in this year’s 6A state championship.

Miller, who has 4.51 speed (in the 40-yard dash), rushed for 1,379 yards and passed for 1,128 in his senior season with the Bears.

“He’s excited about it,” Scott Miller said of his son’s enrollment at Arkansas. “There are no hard feelings. It worked out for the best.”