N.J. WR DeJuan Miller to Visit Michigan

The depth of talent at wide receiver for the '08 class is incredible. It is almost not enough just to have great hands or to possess outstanding speed, but one must also have tremendous size as well. One of these blue chip big-wideout prospects whose name isn't too well known but certainly deserves recognition is Metuchen, N.J.'s DeJuan Miller. Miller and U-M definitely have mutual interest.

The depth of talent at the wide receiver position for the 2008 class is incredible. It is almost not enough just to have great hands or to possess outstanding speed, but one must also have tremendous size as well. Moreover, most blue chip prospects all have one thing in common… they are looking to make an early big impact wherever they enroll. As a school known for playing freshman wide receivers, Michigan stands out to many of these blue chip prospects. One of these blue chip prospects whose name isn't too well known – yet -- but who certainly deserves recognition is Metuchen, New Jersey wide receiver DeJuan Miller.

One thing that an interviewer picks up immediately from DeJuan is his intelligence. And at 6-5, 200 pounds and running the 40 yard dash in the 4.5-4.6 second range, DeJuan is also an intimidating receiver. "Coaches have described me as the complete package," he told GoBlueWolverine. "I can out run or out jump opponents. I'm a smooth route runner. I'm very physical out there with overpowering the defenders, but I also play with finesse. I think that I have great hands and I'm a great jumper. I have good body control and tremendous athleticism. I can make those circus catches. I'm a good blocker, but it is something that I still need to work on a little bit. I would also like to improve on my quickness, agility, and ability to make defenders miss."

For those individuals that put a great deal of stock in a players 40 yard dash speed, it would be worthy to note that DeJuan ran track as a sophomore and finished second in the state in the 200 meters and 6th in the 100 meters.

DeJuan admires and draws inspiration from pro-bowler and Carolina Panther wide receiver Steve Smith. "I know that he is the total opposite of me, but I like him because he has always been told that he's too little to play wide receiver and he is continually proving people wrong by playing above others. I also like [pro-bowler and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens] TO in his prime and [New York Giant wide receiver] Plaxico Burress." Some collegiate coaches however, have another comparison in mind. "The coaches at Clemson and Maryland say that I remind them of [Georgia Tech wide receiver] Calvin Johnson."

DeJuan recorded 29 catches for 581 yards and 9 touchdowns as a receiver, while also recording 54 tackles and 7 interceptions as a free safety during his junior year. Next year DeJuan would like to improve in all his offensive categories. DeJuan grew up following Penn State and Oklahoma (he was born there). Will his childhood favorites impact his college choice? Well… both have already offered and he remains uncommitted. DeJuan is also familiar with Michigan football as he was able to catch a few games last season. "When I hear Michigan, I think of big time football. They always produce NFL talent and compete for BCS bowls and national championships. Players at Michigan get great exposure."

Recruitniks can breathe easier knowing that DeJuan has also caught Michigan's attention as well. "Coach Steve Szabo told me to call coach Carr about an offer. Coach Carr said that he liked the way I moved and that I have a lot of upside and potential. He also said that a written offer is on its way in the mail."

DeJuan intends on visiting Michigan during the summer and said that he will try to make it to the Michigan summer camp. "I will definitely visit Penn St., Oklahoma, Rutgers, OSU, and Michigan this summer and any other school that shows a lot of genuine interest. I will be looking at the academics, the program's prestige. I also will be focusing on what kind of players they bring in as people, like not bringing in a bunch of thugs. I'd like to make an early impact, but if I have to redshirt then I don't have any problem with that."

DeJuan currently holds offers from Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, and UConn. "I'd like to make my decision sometime during my senior year. I just want to make a decision that is best for everyone in my family."

Does DeJuan have a list of schools that currently have separated themselves from the other schools?

"I'd say that Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, OSU, and Michigan are the main schools that stand out. Really I just want to see the school show a lot of interest and show me that they really want me."

GBW will keep you updated on DeJuan throughout his recruitment.





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