Venice, Calif., head coach Angelo Gasca has done a nice job developing players for D-I colleges over the past few years. This season he could have a few more. One of them is linebacker Jimmy Miller (6-1, 220, 4.75).
“Jimmy is working very hard to get faster,” Gasca said. “He will be a four year starter for us.”
“If Venice high makes it to the playoffs, Jimmy would have played in 50 varsity games,” Gasca said. “That is a lot of varsity starts.”
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That is a lot of varsity starts and it speaks volumes of Miller’s toughness and durability.
According to Gasca, Miller’s 127 tackles was the third most by a Los Angeles City Section player in 2003. His performance earned him all-city and all-league honors as a junior.
Miller benches 310 and squats an incredible 540.
Miller is also an outstanding team leader.
“Jimmy will be the first two-year team captain in the history of the school,” Gasca said. “He will be the leader of our defense and of our team.”
“I think he should be one of the best linebackers in Southern California,” Gasca said. “He’s tough, physical and smart.”
“Jimmy has received handwritten letters from Oregon, San Diego State and Washington,” Gasca said. “But he has gotten mail from every Pac10 school, Notre Dame and a lot more.”
Miller has the bloodlines, his brother quarterback Eddie Miller, signed with Louisville out of high school. He has since transferred out of Louisville and is walking on and playing spring ball at UCLA.