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Miller Talks Visits and Suitors
Shareef Miller will take final exams this week to complete what has been a busy school year. Then, he will begin a busy summer of traveling. The Philadelphia George Washington three-star junior end will make a few visits in June before blasting through a host of schools in July. The goal, he said, is to gather details about schools that have offered and schools that might in hopes of narrowing his list around the start of the season. "I'm going to take all of my officials because it's really going to be a hard decision," Miller said. "I really got to sit down and take my time, talk to coaches when I take these trips. After the summer time, my list is going to narrow." Miller will continue his pursuit of a late 2014 or early 2015 decision by first swinging through the Atlanta area to see three schools that haven't offered, Georgia and Georgia Tech, with a potential stop at South Carolina, June 20-23. Rutgers is also plenty interested in the junior, and while he doesn't have a visit set there yet the middle of July will bring stops at Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan before a late July or early August stop at Miami. Yellow Jackets assistant Bryan Cook has led the program's charge to research Miller, who said the continued contact has led to a quality relationship. "He came out to see me a lot, and he's been talking about wanting me to get down there," Miller said. "They write me a lot on Twitter and stuff like that." Georgia's contact, meanwhile, has come through handwritten letters. "I've been talking to [Georgia defensive line] Coach [Tracy] Rocker, and he said they have me on their radar and stuff like that." The Gamecocks came into the Philadelphia area to land running back David Williams in the class of 2013, and Miller said the two keep in touch and have discussed the program. The contact from South Carolina's staff hasn't been heavy, but the end said he wants to check out its campus anyway. "[Williams] was just talking to the coaches about me, and the coaches said they liked me and want me to get down there and stuff to meet me in person," Miller said. Pittsburgh offensive line coach Jim Hueber and defensive ends coach John Palermo both came out to see Miller this spring, and each made clear where he stands on the program's board. "They told me I'm a priority for them, the number one priority for the program," Miller said of the Panthers. "They got good defensive linemen, and they produce good defensive linemen. "Aaron Donald just got drafted, and [former George Washington player and current Panther] Justin Moody goes there, and he's been talking [about Pittsburgh]. I just want to visit the campus first and see if I like it." West Virginia does not have a familiar face on its roster, but corners coach Brian Mitchell and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson have made themselves familiar with Miller nonetheless. The three-star has an offer from the Mountaineers, and his July trip will mark the fulfillment of his word. "They talk about me and like everything about me," Miller said. "Brian Mitchell, the one recruiting me, I promised him I'm going to get down there. I could see myself playing there, so West Virginia, gotta get there." Michigan State and Ohio State stand out because of their coaches, Miller said. The Spartans are the latest program to offer (in early May), and co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner has made an early impression. So has defensive line coach Ron Burton, who said he is looking for the kind of end to fit his system that Miller thinks he is. "They want a defensive end with high motors that can move around the field," Miller said. "They could use me standing up, two technique, or dropping in coverage. They were telling me the defensive coordinator loves me, and the defensive line coach loves me." Ohio State's newest assistant, Larry Johnson, may have a leg up on the competition thanks to the relationship he built with Miller while at Penn State. The end said he'd already be committed to the Nittany Lions if Johnson was still in State College. His focus has shifted to Columbus now that Johnson is there, though, and while the Buckeyes have not offered, Johnson's ways still stick out. "He always sends me stuff to get better, always writing me and everything, and asks how I'm doing," Miller said. "Once I found out he was at Ohio State, I started staying in contact more and he said about wanting me to come down and meet people. "He wants to get me down and stuff like that. Larry Johnson already loves my film, and they want me to come down." Miami likes his film, as well, and have asked him to visit because of it. Then, there is one program the junior doesn't have a visit set to but is standing out nonetheless. That's Rutgers, which was the first program to offer the end when he was still at Philadelphia Franford. Miller said his level of contact with Scarlet Knights' defensive line coach Jim Panagos, running backs coach Norries WIlson, and head coach Kyle Flood remains high, as does his interest in the program. "I still love Rutgers," Miller said. "Rutgers is a very good school. I got a great relationship with the coaches, so Rutgers is still there. "That could be a possible school that I could go to. It's not too far from home, and with Rutgers, I still talk to their coaches."
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