Miner making a name for himself

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The recent Under Armour All-American Combine gave a number of recruits an opportunity to get noticed. One of the players who definitely took advantage of this opportunity was Wesley Chapel (Fla.) Wiregrass linebacker Jaye Miner, who proved himself to be a player to watch.
"The Under Armour All-American Combine experience was a great gauge of where I am and where I need to be if I want to be considered a top prospect in my position," said Miner, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. "I felt I performed well and can compete with the top prospects."
Even though Miner is still waiting on his first offer, schools have definitely begun to track his progress.
"Recruiting during the last month has picked up, even though it's the quiet period," Miner said. "A few schools said that they will be coming to see me later this month or in the spring."
That list includes Arkansas, Duke, Kentucky, Boise State, Indiana, Washington, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wake Forest, UMass and Georgia State.
Miner did not take any visits during the fall and is still working to piece together his upcoming visit schedule.
"I plan to take some visits in the upcoming months and some camps this summer," he said. "I plan on camping at four or five schools this year where the coaches have shown interest in me."
The junior already realizes that his off-season will be hectic.
"In football I have seen that an off-season is almost non-existent between workouts, camps, combines and 7-on-7's to keep me busy," he said. "I plan to use down time to get bigger and stronger. I'm also on my school's track team and finished third in the county in the shot put and I was a regional qualifier in the high jump."
On the field last fall, Miner saw improvements in both his own personal play and the play of his team.
"This past season my team finished 4-6, which is a big improvement from going 0-20 during my freshman and sophomore seasons," he said. "I finished with 131 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown."
Amidst his busy off-season schedule, Miner hopes to focus on improving one specific part of his game before next fall.
"I want to improve my physical stature," said Miner. "At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, I am considered a tweener between a big safety or a small linebacker. I am projected to play outside linebacker in college, so gaining 10-15 pounds of muscle is my main goal."
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