Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern defensive back C.J. Miller received a scholarship offer out of left field last week, and while he was tempted to commit on the spot, he wanted his family to visit Los Angeles before making a decision.
Monday, Miller spoke with USC head coach Clay Helton and decided not to wait another day to make his pledge.
“I was just looking at all of the schools I wanted to go to and there’s nothing better than USC,” said Miller. “Academic wise, athletically, I feel like the opportunity of going to USC was something I didn’t want to pass up.
“I know I can get to the next level from there. Regardless of whether I go pro in football or not, I know I can graduate from there with one of the best jobs in America. There’s really nothing much more to say about it.
“It’s in California and it’s one of the biggest schools, but it’s also a private school. It’s just that combination of the education and all of the people they put into the league. The coaching staff is great and I just love the vibe. I haven’t even been out there yet and I love the vibe.”
Miller plans on making an unofficial visit to USC this summer with his parents. Committing sight unseen had a lot to do with his rapport with the USC coaching staff.
“Coach Gavin [Morris] and Coach Tee [Martin] were just a blessing to get to know and talk to,” said Miller. “To rise from the bottom and get to where I am now is just a blessing.
“I couldn’t be more thankful. I got on FaceTime and actually spoke to Coach Helton for the first time. They were real fired up about me and could not stop talking about me since they came from Georgia for the camp.
“Coach Helton talked about me having a scholarship from them and I was just like, ‘Fight on.’ He already knew, but he told me whenever I was ready to commit they were ready to have me, so I told him right there I was going to be a Trojan. Everybody was fired up, hugging and throwing up the Fight on sign.”
While Miller verbally committed to USC Monday, his recruitment is far from over. Having never been to Los Angeles, and signing day being eight months away, Miller will weigh his option going forward.
“I’m like 75-percent closed off from recruiting right now,” said Miller. “I’m still open to talking to other schools, and my parents want me to take some visits, but I feel like USC is right. I don’t think a de-commitment is coming.”
Running a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Georgia State camp two weeks ago, USC is looking at Miller as a safety who could end up playing cornerback. He commits to USC over scholarship offers from Auburn, Minnesota, Memphis, UCF and others.