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November 20, 2012
On the same day that Rutgers officially announced its plans to join the Big Ten, the scarlet nation received yet another prize when Metuchen senior offensive lineman Dorian Miller announced his plans to attend Rutgers University.
Miller made his commitment public tonight live on MSGVarsity, but he committed to Rutgers almost two months ago on Friday, Sep 28th during what was one of many visits to Piscataway.
"I went up there and at the time it just felt right. It also felt good to get it out of the way," Miller said. "I always wanted to wait until signing day but I figured everybody is practically committed. So I figured I would just wait until after my season and announce it then.
"The way the everything played out, it just worked out perfect. When I thought about it, I thought that Rutgers was the only school I would feel bad saying 'no' to. I figured if that's the case, why wouldn't I go there?"
Miller explained why he wanted to keep his commitment quiet until tonight.
"I really didn't want to do it during the season. I wanted to focus on my team and the games and stuff like that."
But keeping that kind of news within his immediate circle was no easy task.
"It was pretty tough. When you live in a small town, word travels fast to places like kids' Pop Warner games, the morning brunches with the mom's and stuff," Miller said. "People at my school thought I was going one place and some thought I was going another place. It was all funny to watch and listen to."
Yesterday, when Miller learned the news that Rutgers was going to join the Big Ten, it only heightened his elation.
"That is really the best thing that could have happened," Miller said. "It was like the only negative, being in the Big East wasn't one of my favorite things about Rutgers. But now that they are in the Big Ten, that's perfect."
Rutgers started recruiting Miller when he was a freshman and that included quite a few visits to Rutgers over the past few years. The process was indeed a long one, but Miller is glad that it is now behind him.
"It feels real good. It was a long and interesting process, one I am thankful to have been a part of," Miller said. "But I am happy that it's over, no more Facebook messages and guys trying to add me. It feels good because it's my home state. I know a lot of people will love the decision but most of all my family loves it."
For the Miller family, it was the second time going through the recruiting process. Dorian's older brother, Dejuan Miller, was the No.6 ranked-prospect in NJ's class of 2008 and went on to play his college ball at Oklahoma.
And it was during Dejuan's recruitment when Dorian first got to know his future head coach Kyle Flood.
"When he got hired, it was perfect. It couldn't have gotten any better," Miller said of Flood. "I worked with him at camps already and he was my brother's main recruiter. I'm comfortable with him, he's a funny guy and coach Wrobo [Damien Wroblewski] is exactly the same. It couldn't have worked out better."