From Crafty Lefty to Bowling Green Commit for Miller

Jackson Miller LHP / OF / Lakeland, MI / 2025

WHITE LAKE – Last summer, Jackson Miller threw his fastball in the high 70s. A year later, the third-year student from Lakeland High School is now a college commit at Bowling Green.

“My coach’s two sons volunteered there and he put them on me,” Miller said, referring to Brad Farquhar, who recently stepped down after a successful career as Lakeland’s coach. “It clicked right away. They saw me a couple times and I felt like this was the right place.”

A visit took place in February and an offer came before the high school season.

“They saw me early in the season and I accepted the offer on May 20,” noted Michigan’s seventh-rated 2025 left-handed pitcher. “It was a good fit for me and my family, that’s the most important thing. It’s a perfect school for me and I have a great relationship with (head) coach (Kyle) Hallock.”

Ohio State, Michigan, Kentucky, Oakland and some MAC schools were among those interested in Miller, but it was BG that ultimately moved to the front.

“I went to a practice during my visit and the bond the team had was noticeable,” Miller reflected. “They had really good chemistry. I was looking for a fraternity during my recruitment and they have one. Plus the success they had in winning the MAC regular season.

The 6-3 160-pounder’s projectability impressed Bowling Green.

“They like the room I have to grow because it’s long and gangly,” Miller shared. “Coach Hallock talked about how they can transform me to get to the next level, with how much room I have to grow.”

The idea of ​​playing in college has admittedly been around for a while.

“College baseball has always been on my radar,” Miller explained. “Last winter it became realistic. I did an offseason program and my fastball, which was 77-78 off the mound last summer, jumped to now in the high 80s. This summer it all started to blow up.

“I went to Preseason All-State and that definitely helped,” Miller added. “A few coaches got in touch afterwards. The exposure my training center gave me also helped enormously.”

With improved play came the need to adapt.

“I had to learn a new way to pitch with the velo jump,” admitted the 35th-ranked 2025 in the state. “I used to be a crafty left-hander, now with the stuff I have, it’s a matter of confidence.”

In addition to Farquhar, Miller credited his father as an important part of his baseball journey, which has reached the point of a college commitment.

“It was just pure joy more than anything,” Miller said of the feeling he had when the decision to bring BG home became official. “My family celebrated, we went out for dinner. It was amazing.”

Business management will be the major for Miller, a 3.8 student who started pitching five years ago.

“I was a smart lefty who threw 50 percent fastballs, 40 percent curveballs and 10 percent changeups,” Miller said. “Now I’m 70 percent fastballs, 15 percent curve and 15 percent changeup.”

The 17-year-old is confident he can make an impact at the Mid-American Conference school.

“I’m going to be a leader and try to do my best,” Miller explained. “I want to try to get the team a MAC championship and get the team into the NCAA Tournament.”

There’s more Miller is ready for when it comes to Bowling Green.

“I’m looking forward to getting my life back on track and building relationships that will last a long time,” Miller concluded.