Syracuse has been looking towards the JUCO ranks to add talent and depth to their offensive line in the 2013 class. That work paid off on Saturday as L.A. Harbor offensive lineman John Miller committed to the Orange.
"Yeah I committed today," Miller announced. "I just talked about it with my family and after I went on my trip, I had some time to think about it. I just felt like it was the right place for me. I feel like I fit in with the guys well. Academically, it's one of the best places in the country to go to and have a chance to go to.
"I want to show them the same commitment that they've shown to me over the course of recruiting and what not. So I felt like it was the right time."
"I actually called coach Adkins," Miller explained. "He was actually eating with coach Marrone. So I was able to speak to both of them. They were ecstatic. They were excited and said they can't wait to come out and see me.
"They're actually coming out to see me on Monday to come speak to my parents."
The commitment was not a big surprise considering how well his visit went just a week prior to the final decision. The 6-foot-4 guard spoke to the Syracuse coaches for several minutes about his commitment.
"We talked for about five to ten minutes," Miller recalled. "I was telling them that I thought about it a lot and that I'm excited to get the chance to play for them. I thanked them for the opportunity for giving me the chance to come to Syracuse University and to play for them.
"They said they couldn't wait for me to get there."
Now that his recruitment is over, Miller can start focusing on his career at the major collegiate level. He has clear goals for himself on and off the field.
"I definitely want to make sure, first and foremost, that I have a shot to get my degree," Miller claimed. " Obviously I would love the opportunity to join a master's program. I want to take advantage of the academics that they do have there.
"I think being able to go in January and get that spring semester in will be big. Get involved in spring football. Hit the weight room hard and what not. Give myself a fair chance to compete and have a starting role on the team. I feel my chances are good. I just have to make sure I work hard."
In addition to his academic and athletic goals, Miller has a message for Syracuse fans when he arrives on campus in about a month.
"Obviously they can expect a great student," Miller said. "They can expect a hard worker that's going to bring some electricity to the field and to the team. Someone who's willing to do everything for his teammates. I'll do whatever I have to do to help us win and I'm going to keep fans happy and screaming in the Carrier Dome."