The nation’s top defensive end is temporarily out of action due to an injury, but he’s never too far from the spotlight when it comes to his recruitment.
“I’m hurt, so I’m not playing right now,” said Brandon Miller, a five-star phenom from Colquitt (Ga.) Miller County. “I’ve done something to my thigh or quad. They’re not sure, but we’re going to get some tests done on it this week. I’m not sure when I’ll get to play again. It's just bugging me right now.”
In the meantime, he’s busy doing a lot of “curls” – with the telephone.
“The phone’s been ringing like crazy,” Miller said. “It’s constant, every night. It seems like I’ve talked to every coach in the country.”
That’s not too far from reality. A member of the Rivals100 Team and the nation’s No. 8 palyer overall, Miller (6-4, 225, 4.65) has a list of scholarship offers from coast to coast. When signing day rolls around, he’ll have his pick of the litter.
So who’s got the upper hand at this point?
“I don’t have any favorite right now,” he said. “I’m totally open-minded right now. I do like Florida State and Georgia. I’ve been to those schools a couple of times and liked them. I like how both of them run their defenses.
“But I’m also thinking about Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky… I may visit those schools if I can. Maybe Clemson and Georgia Tech. I don’t really know. I’m just open right now. I probably won’t decide until after the season is over.”
Miller has taken two unofficial visits to Florida State. He saw the Seminoles play against Georgia Tech on Sept. 13 and Colorado last weekend. He also made a trip to Georgia to see the Bulldogs take on Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 6.
“I don’t have any other visits set up yet,” he said. “I’ll probably try to make it to some games at those schools that I mentioned. I just don’t know when.”
Miller played in two of his team’s three games this season. He’s recorded “12 or 13 tackles and a couple of sacks” thus far. As a junior, he had 98 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six sacks and three interceptions.
Academically, he maintains a GPA “around 2.9 or 3.0” and will take his ACT in October.