Miller Meets New Rutgers Staff on Visit

Metuchen High School (N.J.) offensive lineman Dorian Miller remains a top local target for Rutgers in recruiting the Class of 2013. Unofficially visiting at the Louis Brown Athletic Center last night, Miller was the first 2013 recruit to interact with new members of the coaching staff.

Offensive lineman Dorian Miller, a junior at Metuchen High School (N.J.), spent last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center watching Rutgers basketball take on in-state rival Seton Hall.

It was less than a month ago when Miller took in a basketball game with football coach Greg Schiano and staff and, although so much changed since then, Miller remains high on the Scarlet Knights.

"My interest is the same," Miller said. "Schiano leaving hasn't made it worse or better. It was a little weird though, I'm not going to lie. My first reaction was just, ‘wow.' I was sitting on my couch off from school that day with mid-terms. I was just playing some video games and I got an alert that Schiano was in contract negotiations and I was taken aback for a second. He recruited my older brother and was recruiting me so it was a little odd. Before he took the job, I was sitting with him at the Notre Dame game and didn't get that vibe that he'd be gone."

Miller picked up a sixth verbal offer this week from South Florida and said South Carolina has shown increased interest. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman projects as a double-digit offer recruit and said Rutgers remains high on his radar.

"Rutgers is still going to be in my top five when it's all said and done," Miller said. "The coaching change hasn't changed that. Schiano did the right thing by leaving when he did instead of lying to all his recruits and letting them sign. That would have been really messed up. He did what he did for a reason and he probably helped Rutgers by doing it that way so they could get things fixed before Signing Day."

Most importantly, Miller spend the game meeting with new coach Kyle Flood's staff, including offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski and offensive coordinator Dave Brock.

Rutgers has not officially announced its coaching changes and is unlikely to do so until Flood completes his staff in the next few days.

"I met with the new offensive coordinator, Brock, and he literally came in at 12 that day," Miller said. "He just stopped by to talk for a little bit, but he had to get other things done. The linebackers coach (Dave Cohen) was there too. I was familiar with [assistant coach Robb Smith] from other visits and I talked to him again last night. Obviously I spent a lot of time with Coach Wrobo."

Referred to by athletes as "Coach Wrobo," Wroblewski comes from a long stint at Delaware, where he helped replace Flood as the offensive line coach after he came to Rutgers in 2004.

"The visit as cool," Miller said. "Just to be able to talk with Coach Wrobo. I met him for the first time last night. He's going to be the new offensive line coach it looks like. He came from Delaware. It was good to know who he was. He was very similar to Coach Flood in how he acts. You can see why people get along with him."

Miller said he got the same positive vibes from this Rutgers visit that he did during his visits while Schiano was the head coach.

"It was really my first time being there since Schiano left and it was really good," he said. "It feels like everything is going to be the same and that's what they told me. Flood is going to keep most things the same, like the slogans, the family atmosphere, all the little things. There may be a couple different philosophies, but for the most part, it will be the same style of how they run a program."


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