By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
When Maikhail Miller steps onto the practice field this summer at Ole Miss, he’ll be fighting for a spot in the quarterback rotation.
This week, the future Rebel from Itawamba AHS, is looking forward to just having some fun on the football field.
Miller is one of 114 high school seniors selected to play in today’s inaugural National Underclassman Combine All-World Gridiron Classic football game at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Miller’s not sure how his selection to play came about, but he’s certainly excited about being chosen.
“I didn’t know anything about this,” he said in a telephone interview this week from Charleston. “I didn’t go to any of their combines. An NUC official called me in late October and offered me an opportunity to play.”
Many of the players selected have made their college choices. Others are there hoping this one last opportunity on the 100-yard stage will grab the attention of a school.
Miller, who is firm on his commitment to the Rebels, didn’t set any goals for this week. “I just want to have fun,” he said. “I’m not here trying to impress anybody.”
The players underwent a week of two-a-day practices before a draft was held to pick sides for the game.
“I think this will be a lot like college, being here with all these top guys,” Miller said.
A Daily Journal All-Area Top 10 selection, Miller had a solid performance in his last all-star game, the Bernard Blackwell Mississippi High School All-Star Classic Dec. 18 in Ocean Springs.
He completed 7 of 9 passes for 132 yards and rushed for 53 yards in leading the North to a 19-14 win against the South. He completed two passes for 47 yards in his team’s go-ahead TD drive.
“That was a lot of fun,” he said of his Mississippi all-star game experience “When you have talent like that around you it helps. That wasn’t your regular high school team. It helps a lot more when you have a lot of good athletes around you.”
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