Four-star OL Miller Ready for Announcement
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Four-star OL Miller Ready for Announcement

METUCHEN, N.J. -- Four-star offensive lineman Dorian Miller will conclude his Metuchen High career Saturday, and three days later he will announce his college destination. He spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about the schools involved, and also what he learned from the recruiting process.

Dorian Miller was never seriously recruited by Penn State, but a letter he received from former assistant coach Dick Anderson remains in his bedroom.

It serves as a reminder of what is important in choosing a college, and not to get swept up in the process.

"It wasn't even about coming there," Miller said. "He said as long as you keep your head straight, you'll be able to pick where you want to go. It was cool."

Miller, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound four-star offensive lineman from Metuchen High, will see his recruiting process end publicly Tuesday when he announces his decision live on MSGVarsity's "A Quick 60" show with host Mike Quick.

He is choosing from finalists Connecticut, North Carolina and Rutgers, and doing so more than two months before he thought he would make a decision.

Miller originally targeted signing day for his announcement, but the accelerated pace of recruiting had some schools fill slots early in the process. There is also the pressure of the process, and Miller experienced that throughout the spring and summer.

"I'm definitely glad (it's over)," he said after Thursday's practice at his high school. "I'm thankful to have gone through it. It's definitely a roller coaster of emotions sometimes, but I'm ready to have everything off my chest and I'm happy I get to. It's just a big relief. It's like wiping the sweat off my forehead. It's great."

Miller already experienced one recruitment when his brother, Dajuan Miller, chose Oklahoma. The experience helped when his time arrived, but it didn't fully prepare him for life as a high-level recruit.

"It's a life lesson," he said. "Playing football, in general, you have to be decisive. In life, you can trust people to a certain extent and people are going to say things to make you happy, but at the end of the day you have to go with your gut and know what's right."

Miller knows his choice, but will wait to unveil it next week, a few days after his senior season ends with Saturday's playoff consolation matchup against Whippany Park because he doesn't want to take attention away from his team.

However, he did break down his three finalists.

"UNC, like I've always said, academically has always been at the top," Miller said. "I know being at school and I tell kids I'm looking at UNC, they are always like, ‘Wow,' and amazed because of the (academic) requirement to get in.

"UConn is kind of like Rutgers. They were always there since the beginning. They've been recruiting me hard. I've been up there a lot. They've always been great to me.

"Rutgers has always been there. They've been there since Day One, for sure. (Former) coach (Greg) Schiano was recruiting me for a long time. They marked me down when I was with my brother in six grade, so I definitely have a lot of respect for them."