Four-star Miller Commits to Rutgers

Dorian Miller

Four-star offensive lineman Dorian Miller capped off a stellar day for Rutgers football when he followed the school's announcement it was joining the Big Ten by publicly revealing he is committed to the Scarlet Knights.

METUCHEN, N.J. – If Dorian Miller knew Rutgers was going to the Big Ten six months ago, his recruitment would have ended much earlier.

Long before Rutgers embarked on one of its best seasons in school history, and months before the Scarlet Knights were introduced as the 14th member of the Big Ten, the four-star offensive guard made his college decision.

However, Miller didn't want to be a distraction to his team, so he waited until the season was over before making his decision public. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Miller announced moments ago on the "A Quick 60' show on MSGVarsity with Mike Quick, he is committed to Rutgers.

The announcement came six hours after Rutgers held a press conference to announce it was leaving the Big East for the Big Ten.

"That was the only negative, the conference, and now it's not an issue," Miller said. "It's amazing. It's kind of mind blowing. Growing up, I started off with the 1-9 Rutgers and the punching bag Rutgers. It's crazy that Michigan could end up at Rutgers on the playing field. It's surreal."

Adding to the euphoria is Miller's belief the Big Ten does a tremendous job producing linemen on both sides of the ball.

"It's perfect, especially from an offensive lineman's perspective," Miller said. "The Big Ten, the Big 12 and the SEC are the best conferences. It's crazy."

But one thing to keep in mind is Miller committed to Rutgers long before the conference re-alignment wheel began spinning again.

It was when the Scarlet Knights were 3-0 and fresh off a win at Arkansas. He was in Rutgers coach Kyle Flood's office Sept. 28 and made the decision.

"They've been there since Day One, they were always on me, and they were always consistent with how they recruited me," Miller said. "I went to other schools and they played the numbers game, which is totally fine and I totally understand that, but Rutgers always had a spot there for me.

"It was always permanent and it was the only school I would feel about shutting down, so I figured if that was the case, why wouldn't I just go there?"

Miller began solidifying his decision in the summer when he visited the program and watched the team workout.

"I watched them lift, I like the new strength and conditioning guy (Jeremy Cole)," Miller said. "He's on you. He seems like a real connectable guy."

Miller also got to know new offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski, and he liked what he saw in comparison to Flood, the former offensive line coach-turned-head coach.

"They're almost like a mirror image," Miller said. "They're the same type of guys, older and wise guys. They're thinkers. They're real logical. They do what every coach does and get into you when they need to, but they're real logical with what they do. When they're yelling at you, you know why."

The next question is whether Miller is better suited to play guard or center. That will play out on the practice field, but he has an opinion.

"Guard," he said. "I'm so used to not snapping the ball, and just putting my hand down. I think that will definitely where I'm most comfortable, mentally."

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