South Lenoir's T.J. Miller commits to Chowan

South Lenoir's T.J. Miller commits to Chowan

South Lenoir’s T.J. Miller is all smiles as he signs his commitment letter to Chowan Monday at the high school. Next to Miller is, from left, his mother, Dana, sisters Anya, 12, and Kyndall, 7, and father, Terrence. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News

DEEP RUN | South Lenoir’s T.J. Miller is Chowan-bound.

The Blue Devil committed to the Murfreesboro-based school Monday to play football. Miller, who was a defensive end and linebacker hybrid for the Blue Devils, will play more of the latter as a Hawk and said it was the right move for him.

“The first time I visited the school, I felt welcomed there,” Miller said. “I hope to bring intensity to the program and my goal is to help them become the best team they can be.”

South Lenoir coach Jeremy Joyner said Miller deserved the opportunity.

“He’s dedicated himself to the weight room and the football program, and it’s really paid off,” Joyner said. “Our philosophy at South Lenoir is you get out what you put in, and I’m proud of what he’s accomplished.”

Dana Miller, T.J.’s mother, said this was her son’s childhood dream to play college football.

“He’s played football since he was five and has worked really hard toward his goal,” she said. “He’s excited, thought long and hard about his decision and ultimately went with Chowan.”

Terrence Miller, T.J.’s father, shared similar sentiments.

“I knew this was something he always wanted and I’m glad he’s been able to work himself into this position,” Miller said. “I’m excited for him being able to play football at the next level and can’t wait to see what he’ll do at Chowan.”

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