Jai’s Way: It hasn’t always been easy for Selma High star

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 9, 2003

He’s been electrifying and dazzling every since he was old enough to pick up a basketball or football.

While sports come easily for Jai Miller, life hasn’t.

Miller, a senior at Selma High, has received a lot of press over the last few weeks as people have speculated on where he will attend college.

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Getting the chance to go to college is a blessing for Miller, who knows what hard times are.

Miller’s mother died in a car accident when he was in high school.

Miller was heavily recruited by a lot of Division I schools over the past few months, and finally decided this past week to attend Stanford University.

As good an athlete as Miller is, he sometimes feels like things could have turned out differently.

Having coaches and elders guide him is enough, but the pressure that he puts on himself to excel can be linked back to his mother.

Miller started playing organized ball at 5, but before that he was always playing around with a basketball.

Miller started to garnish attention from schools when he was only 8.

After his mother’s death he finished out his the remainder of the school year in Montgomery, and he started in Selma High his ninth grade year. His grandparents were instrumental in his staying in Selma.

Some people thought Miller might follow in the footsteps of Ben Obomanu, who played with Miller last season and is now attending Auburn.

With signing day over and Miller ready to play football for the Stanford Cardinal, the future looks bright.

Miller had a lot of help getting to where he is now from family, friends, and coaches.