Miami (FL) Central offensive lineman John Miller's potential shone through last season in the Florida state playoffs when he completely dominated USF defensive tackle signee Todd Chandler. Not only did Miller's team blowout Northwestern, they rushed for more than 250 yards against the Chandler-led defense.
That's when Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, who recruits south Florida, knew Miller belonged on the Cardinals recruiting radar.
"It was a good matchup and I thought I matched up very well against [Chandler]," Miller told InsideTheVille.com. "He had all the hype but I just used my technique."
Tuesday, the 6'3, 295-pound offensive lineman called the Louisville coaching staff and verbally committed to the Cardinals, becoming the 15th prospect in Charlie Strong's 2011 recruiting class.
"I always thought that Louisville was a great school," Miller said. "I'm excited about going there. I've always liked their program and after I talked with their offensive line coach [Dave Borbely] I really got a good feel for them. I like how they run their program and [Borbely] said I would fight for a starting position when I get there. I talked to Coach Hurtt and [Borbely] today and I just committed. I'm supposed to talk to Charlie Strong later."
Miller's high school coach, Telly Lockette, said his standout offensive lineman will be a "great fit" for the Cardinals.
"He deliberated about this decision for a few weeks and decided Louisville was where he wanted to make his home," Lockette said. "And I think he's a great fit at Louisville."
Lockette said Miller had scholarship offers from Rutgers, Kansas State, USF, UCF, FIU, FAU, and Marshall and flew under the radar because he was overshadowed by standout lineman Jose Jose and Marquis Lucas last season. "I considered South Florida, Central Florida, Kansas State and a few others," Miller said. "I attended a camp at South Florida and Florida State but I haven't visited Louisville yet. I'm going to take an official visit there but I haven't set the date yet."
"If you look at the film you'll see he's a man-child," Lockette said. "He flew under the radar because of Jose Jose and Marquis Lucas, but I think he's going to be the one to blossom because he works so hard. He's a great kid and will come prepared to work hard every single day."
A solid student, Lockette said that Miller already has obtained a qualifying SAT score and boasts a 2.7 GPA.
Louisville projects Miller as an offensive guard in college. He is the third offensive line prospect to commit to the Cardinals 2011 recruiting class, joining Florida OL Mike Romano and Memphis, TN OT Ryan Mack.
"I think that [Strong] has got the program heading in the right direction and they're going to do something big," Miller said. "I've been a starter in high school for two or three years and I'm very comfortable playing guard and I believe I can play it successfully at the next level."