Miller planning unofficial/official visits

Philadelphia (Pa.) Frankford defensive end Shareef Miller discusses where Oregon fits into the picture with his recruitment and where he's planning on visiting this summer.

Three-star Frankford (Pa.) defensive end Shareef Miller has an offer list that's nearing 20 schools this spring.

He has a Top 5 that includes Oregon, Arizona State, Penn State, Michigan State and Rutgers, but is planning some unofficial visits for the summer to some programs that could crack that list if they make a big impression.

"I'm going to take one to Pitt, West Virginia," Miller said. "I'm trying to hit all the East Coast schools."

Those two programs, along with UConn, are ones that Miller said were making a good pitch to him at this point in time. Among his top schools, Miller knows that one of his official visits will be to Oregon.

"I think I'll take one after my senior year," Miller said of the timeline. "They're going to be my first official."

Miller picked up the offer from new outside linebackers coach Eric Chinander who was an assistant under Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly last year. According to the junior, they're building a relationship via social media messages and weekly conversations.

"It's a pretty good bond," Miller said. "He's supposed to come down here in like two weeks."

Miller said he was shocked when he picked up the offer. Although Philadelphia isn't exactly a hotbed for Oregon recruiting, his highlights were too good to pass up.

"He said I can be dominant in the Pac-12 playing with Oregon," Miller said. "He said I can be a really good player, that I'm a special player."

The Ducks want him as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end player, similar to the way they used Dion Jordan two years ago. In fact, according to Miller, he received a lofty comparison to the man who was the third pick in the NFL draft last year.

"He said I'm like a Dion Jordan," Miller said. "He told me I was a better player than Dion was in high school."

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