One of the top defensive prospects from the Tampa Bay area is Jaye Miner from Wesley Chapel (Fla.) Wiregrass. Last week this outside linebacker recruit picked up his first scholarship offer from Marshall.
“This is my first offer and I am estatic about the possibility of playing at Marshall,” Miner said. “I have seen the We Are Marshall movie and I know they have great fans. Plus, I know Randy Moss, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich all played there and Doc Holliday is a great coach with Florida ties.”
Miner, 6-foot-4, 203-pounds, is a linebacker/safety that recorded 119 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in 2013. He played safety as a freshman and sophomore and linebacker last year. In since the beginning of this year he has been impressive in camps and combines.
“I hit like a linebacker and can run and cover,” Miner said. “I like playing linebacker because you are always around the action. I am assuming I will stay on the outside. Right now I am trying to get bigger. I would like to get to 220-pounds. If not I know I could play safety in college.”
Miner, 16 years old, won’t turn 17 until the end of March. Besides Marshall he’s also hearing from Duke, Georgia State, Kentucky, UCF, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, Florida State, and Ball State.
“I am going to try and get to as many junior days as I can,” Miner said. “I know I am going to Georgia State (February 13) and then Duke and Kentucky the following week.
“I like UCF. They have come by the school to see me. I could go see them during spring break.
“I will wait and see what happens with all of these schools.”
Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSports.com. He’s currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.