April 19, 2011
Another Talented Metuchen Miller
It's doubtful that when Bob Stoops took the head coaching position at Oklahoma in December of 1998 he thought to himself that someday the town of Metuchen, N.J. would become a hotbed of Sooner recruiting activity. But after landing current senior-to-be wide receiver Dejuan Miller in the class of 2008 the Sooners appear poised to return to in hope of landing his younger brother Dorian Miller in the class of 2013.
While Dejuan was a long and lean track star of a receiver his younger brother has made a name for himself in the trenches as Metuchen's budding star along the offensive line. At 6-foot-3 and 275-pounds Miller already holds offers from Pittsburgh and Rutgers but says that the information he accumulated watching his brother may be the most fundamental part of his recruiting knowledge to date.
"It's weird, you know going through the whole process with Dejuan and seeing how the coaches talked to him and the focus being on him," Miller recalled. "Absorbing that and at that time I was just hoping someday I'd get the chance. Now thank God I'm getting looked at by schools. When they were looking at Dejuan I was looking for little stuff and made sure to keep a notice for those things. So I could be cautious and stay ready and focused."
While Miller has made many trips to Norman through the years the experience was his first as a potential Sooner recruit. It was also his first time to really sit down and speak with offensive line coach James Patton and apparently Miller got some vindication he'd been hoping for.
"It was cool to talk to coach Patton and you know actually just go one-on-one with him," he said.
"Before it was (former Sooner receivers) coach (Kevin) Sumlin and then once he left coach <(Jay) Norvell came in, those are the guys that I knew and that Dejuan knew. Coach Patton it was good to talk to him and just hear what he had to say about my film.
"He had seen my high school film and he said that I had a lot of heart and that I finish guys well and that's what they are looking for, it was all good feedback. I hadn't heard much of a reaction to my film. It was nice that he confirmed that I was doing well."
Miller has had to fight off a perception that he is a foregone conclusion to follow his brother, and his family's connection to Oklahoma, but says that many schools are starting to show an interest in trying to do exactly that.
"So far, Florida has sent me some questionnaires, Oregon, Alabama, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Clemson, and maybe a couple of others I'm leaving out I've already heard from," he said.
And to the Millers credit they seem to be prepared to give Dorian the same chance to look around that Dejuan had before he ended his recruitment in June of his junior year. In fact the family is currently in Dallas and preparing to have a look at another school that has a unique situation to offer the big offensive lineman.
"Actually we're going down to TCU tomorrow and we'll be looking around. We have some family down there too. We'll see them (Monday night) and then Tuesday morning we'll be at TCU. I was interested in them because they'll be playing in the Big East, they'll be playing Rutgers, Syracuse, and whenever they came up to play my parents could come and watch. That would be a cool thing,"
It's clear that at this point Miller is staying open to all comers in the recruiting process. However, it's also clear that Oklahoma will take a long look at him in what is beginning to look like an intriguing 2013 recruiting cycle.
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