The country’s No. 4-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2020, Jack Miller has been a highly-regarded prospect since his freshman season at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Christian when he threw for just under 3700 yards and 53 touchdowns.
A 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior, now at Chaparral High School, Miller is one of the West Coast’s top overall prospects.
He committed to Ohio State over LSU, Ole Miss, Florida State, Michigan and others following a visit to Columbus for Friday Night Lights in June of 2018.
Miller is a prototypical, in-the-pocket passer who brings poise and control to his offense. He is not known as a runner, but moves his feet well in the pocket and is capable of getting the ball out of his hands quickly with a lot of zip.
When he has to run, Miller gets the job done, but that’s not his forte and not what he’ll be asked to do at the next level.
With two years of high school football ahead of him, the sky is the limit for Miller and that’s why a program like Ohio State was willing to accept a commitment from him at this point.
He’s not flawless mechanically but he’s got a big arm and he’ll work to get better. He’ll come to Columbus with a ton of high expectations but as with any quarterback, you should hope he doesn’t need to see the field much in his freshman year.
If Ohio State is truly dedicated to changing its offense to a more traditional, pro-style approach, then they couldn’t have found a better player to run it in the future than Arizona’s Jack Miller.
If you watch Jack’s tape, the first thing that pops out is the arm strength, and for good reason: it’s pretty impressive. He’s got a natural, effortless release and gets the ball downfield in a hurry. He’s not known as a running threat, but again, if you watch the tape, you see a player who is not afraid to pull the ball down and go when he has to, but more than that you see a young quarterback who is comfortable moving the pocket and throwing on the run.
After throwing for a gazillion touchdowns as a freshman, Miller came down to earth a bit during his sophomore season, in part because of a new offense and in part because of a major jump in competition. As he heads into his junior year, a new coaching staff is taking over for the Firebirds and it includes Tim Kohner, who helped lead the offense at Scottsdale Christian his freshman year.
With two years to go before he steps on campus in Columbus, you can expect Miller to be a regular on the recruiting trail for the Buckeyes and that’s one of the biggest reasons a quarterback gets to join the Class of 2020 this year. He’s very close with Jake Wray and that pair will be going full-time to recruit the best of the best from around the country.
Is Miller a perfect quarterback at this point? No, definitely not. I’d like to see him stay in the pocket more, and I think he needs to show true command of his offense, as a leader, in the next two seasons. Still, there’s a ton of positives and a lot of time get even better.