Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern safety C.J. Miller came into the Georgia State Camp Wednesday not just underrated by recruiting publications, but unrated by some.
A week ago, Miller first caught the eye of USC coaches at the West Georgia Camp. His performance exemplified how satellite camps can help high school athletes attain interest from colleges that would normally never see them play in person.
“I went to the West Georgia Camp like a week ago,” said Miller. “I heard there were going to be some USC coaches there, but I didn’t really think about it.
“I tested and had a 4.1 shuttle, then ran a 4.45 and 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. All of the schools that were there started talking to me, including USC.
“I started building a relationship with them and they wanted me to come out to the Georgia State Camp today because the defensive backs coach was going to be there.
“They wanted to see if I could test like that again and the DB coach wanted to see me in person. I told them, ‘You watch, I’m going to run a 4.3 next time,’ and that’s what I did.”
Miller says he ran a 4.38 and 4.41 40-yard dash with a 4.40 and 3.95 shuttle at Georgia State Wednesday. That was enough for USC to extend Miller a scholarship offer.
“USC is a big school, and we all know they produce a lot of good players,” said Miller. “Growing up, I use to watch Reggie Bush a lot.
“I always liked Southern Cal, but I never thought it would be me getting offered by them. When it happened, a lot went through my head. USC could be the place for me. I like the area, but I really have to come out and visit.
“You always see stuff on Twitter about Cali and how good it looks, but I need to get out and see it for myself. After that, it might be the place for me.”
With Miller’s notable scholarship offers being from Memphis, Minnesota, Central Florida, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky, USC is counting on him being a diamond in the rough.
“Coach Gavin Morris was the main dude I started talking to,” said Miller. “I got in contact with him first and he really liked me. Then when I first met him, we just clicked.
“He and Coach [Tee] Martin both talked to me and said they like the way I play with a chip on my shoulder. They’re looking for defensive backs that can be a dog.
“I love coaches you can vibe with and I just vibe with USC. I want to go to a school where I get along with the coaches and we have that connection. Talking with Coach Morris, I feel like USC could be that place.
“I’ve been online doing my research about USC and it looks really good. I just need to take that visit and talk to my family about it. But it could be the one and I’m thinking about them a lot right now.”
Miller would likely make an unofficial visit to USC this summer, but has no set plans to fly to Los Angeles. He is certain he will eventually officially visit USC.
While his interest in USC has been greatly piqued, Miller is also looking at Oregon, Florida, Florida State and Miami. To date, none of those school have offered him scholarships.
Miller does have a high school connection with USC, which could come into play.
“Yeah, I talked to Chuma Edoga the other day,” said Miller. “He went to McEachern, so we talk. He told me if I was to go to USC, I would be making a good decision.
“He says it’s like home and he really liked that area and the vibe. He said it wouldn’t be the wrong delusion to make, so it sounded good from his point of view.”