Jack Miller had yet to throw a spring football workout pass for Scottsdale Chaparral, but the quarterback’s recruiting has taken a huge turn.
In the span of one hour on Monday, Miller received verbal scholarship offers from both Arizona and Arizona State.
That can be heady stuff for a kid who tore it up last season as a freshman at the lowest 11-man football level in the state, the 2A Conference.
Before these Pac-12 offers, Miller’s only others were from Memphis and Louisiana Tech.
“I handle these early offers by not letting it get to my head and staying humble, because I still have three more years,” said Miller, who is 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. “It drives me by making me want to work harder and even help my teammates get noticed.”
Spring football begins on Monday at Chaparral, which got a lift not only from Miller’s move from Scottsdale Christian Academy at the semester break but with the addition to coach Thomas Lewis‘ staff of offensive coordinator Kris Heavner and defensive coordinator and former head coach Conrad Hamilton.
Heavner had fun at Phoenix Horizon with ex-UNLV quarterback Dalton Sneed (now at Fort Scott Community College), taking the leash off and watching him put up video-game numbers a few years ago.
He could do the same with Miller, who has been mentored since elementary school by former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, a family friend.
Miller as a freshman threw for 3,653 yards and 53 touchdown with 15 interceptions, completing 198 of 338 yards in 13 games for SCA. He also ran for 831 yards and eight TDs.