Ducks get big commitment

Oregon scored today with the verbal commitment of Marcus Miller, a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker prospect from Cerritos (Calif.) College. "That's where I'm headed," he told Thursday afternoon. "Something would have to go terribly wrong for me to not go there. I had so many visit offers to choose from for my fifth visit, but I cancelled it. After a while, the recruiting process kind of burns you out. I'm done. I'm going to Oregon."

Marcus took his official visit to Eugene on January 10th after visits to North Carolina, Marshall and Kansas State. Terrance Whitehead was Miller's host. "He told me how school goes up there," he said. "He also told me that nothing's going to be handed to me and that I'm going to have to work really hard but the opportunity is there. They need help at linebacker, at both the outside linebacker spots. I talked to Coach Pellum and he told me he'll teach me all the linebacker spots and then I'll just go out there and do what I do best." In talking with Marcus' coach at Cerritos, Frank Mazzotta, Miller can cover with the best linebackers in the country. "He can flat out run (4.41 40)," said Mazzotta. "We usually play him over the tight end (SAM) and he's running all over the place. He's a physical kid and built a lot like Markus Steele, the linebacker that used to play for USC. He definitely passes the look test.

"But more than anything, Oregon is getting a great kid character-wise. He's a quiet guy who is a hard worker and will give great effort."

Marcus noted that it wasn't necessarily the opportunity to play immediately that sold him on UO. "That was a small part of it, but really it was just me being comfortable there," he said. "I really like the coaches there and I could just see myself at Oregon."

Besides his blazing speed, Miller also benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds.

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