There's no real way to stop Shareef Miller when he gets a quick jump off the defensive line.
"Unless you just grab him," Frankford football coach Will Doggett said.
And Miller said that on almost every play this season, he was clutched, grabbed, or pulled.
But it proved to be just a nuisance for the 6-foot-5, 218-pound junior defensive end. He used his speed, strength, and size to barrel over linemen en route to leading Frankford with 70 tackles and 17 sacks.
His size (he plans to add 12 pounds by next season), speed (he runs a 4.68-second 40-yard dash), and strength (he bench-presses 240 pounds) have caught the attention of college coaches.
This past week, Temple assistant coach Tyree Foreman visited Frankford, and the Owls became the seventh school to offer Miller a scholarship.
"It felt good to get an offer from a hometown team," said Miller, who lives about a mile from Frankford High.
Miller also has offers from Arizona, Buffalo, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers. Coaches from Notre Dame, Penn State, and West Virginia have visited.
Miller took an unofficial visit to Temple on Dec. 4 and sat in the student section with the football players for an Owls basketball game.
A Temple assistant told Miller that he would fit right in if he came to North Broad Street - that he would know everybody there, that he still would be home, and that family could watch him play.
Miller said he feels no rush to make a decision. And with good reason. He is improving his grade-point average, and that should result in more offers.
Doggett said Miller is a hard worker and has handled the college recruitment process with poise.
"I like to stay humble," Miller said. "I could get cocky or big-headed, but I keep the right people around me."
More Owls recruiting. A day after offering Miller, Temple offered a scholarship to Imhotep Charter sophomore Nasier Upshur.
The tight end/defensive end had received an offer from Arizona State earlier in the week to go along with an offer last summer from Massachusetts.
Upshur has been vital in the Panthers' run to the Class AA state final and should see his recruitment rise over the summer.
'Nova moves on. Villanova missed out Friday on five-star New Jersey guard Malikah Richardson, who committed to Syracuse.
The Wildcats were in the running with the Orangemen, Indiana, and Arizona.
Villanova coach Jay Wright and his staff remain in the running for Archbishop Carroll forward Derrick Jones, St. Joseph's Prep guard Chris Clover, and Wilmington guard Donte DiVincenzo. All three are juniors.
Jones has offers from many major programs, including Kansas and Kentucky.