Miller Picks UW (UPDATED)

Jordan Miller, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback from Oceanside, Calif., verbally committed to Washington Saturday night after unofficial visits to UW, Washington State, Oregon, and Oregon State. He had standing offers from UW, WSU, Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Utah.

“That’s where I’m going to school,” Miller told when asked about his verbal commitment to the Huskies. “I called coach Pete (Chris Petersen) and let him know that I want to be a Dawg. He was excited, coach (Jimmy) Lake was excited. All the coaches were excited. It made me feel good. I’m positive I made the right decision.”

Miller visited Montlake a month ago, and the good feelings he got from that unofficial visit never went away. "I was playing at a passing tournament and all day I was playing football and thinking today was going to be the day,” Miller said of his decision.

"I didn't even realize it was Saturday!"

The Huskies started picking up their interest on Miller during the May Evaluation period. “They started recruiting me in mid-May," he said. "A coach came down and watched me, I never met him, and then the next day coach Lake came down and watched me at DB. He said he liked me and that he was going to give me a call, and the next day I got an offer from them.

"Since then it just kept growing and growing and then I took the visit and I pretty much knew when I took the visit that’s where I wanted to go to school.”

Miller took his unofficial visit in mid-June during the Rising Stars camp. He was hoping to work out but couldn’t due to an AC sprain of his shoulder, an injury that is now pretty much 100 percent healed.

“I saw a lot of stuff," said Miller of the visit. "I saw the campus and it was all good stuff. The academics are great bar none and the campus is beautiful. Honestly I saw how big the campus was and thought it was a drawback, but not anymore. I actually like it, though. It’s beautiful to look at. I’m excited to go.”

He still made the other unofficial visits before making his final decision Saturday night. “I thought about the other schools," he said. "I visited five other schools and I wanted to make sure I weighed my options and do my homework. I knew that Washington was the favorite and I was really looking for something to change my mind.

"Nothing could.”

Miller talked about the feedback he got from Lake when the Huskies' interest in him started to heat up. “He liked my athleticism a lot," Miller said. "I started playing football when I got to high school; I was a soccer player growing up. I still have a lot to learn about the game. I have a lot of athleticism and break on the ball. I can only get better.

“I played behind a couple of Pac-12 corners - Alijah Holder (Stanford) and Jace Whittaker (Arizona) - so I didn’t get that much playing time. I had five pass breakups in garbage time, and a forced fumble and maybe 20 tackles.”

With his size, Miller can play all along the secondary, but the Huskies like him at cornerback. “I’m flexible," Miller said. "I will play wherever. I just want to get on the field and make plays.”

Understandably excited, Miller gushed about his teammates when asked how Oceanside is expected to do this fall. “We have some guys that are legit," he said. "There’s Isaia Paopao for 2016. He’s a fantastic player. He’s an outside linebacker but he’s a prototype safety in college. He’s a great athlete. He already has an offer (Weber State). We have Matthew Romero, our quarterback. He’s fantastic and he’ll get some looks when fall starts. We have John Arzola, fantastic slot - he’s crazy. We have Roman Roberson, great corner…Malavai Taylor, great safety. We’re looking great. We lost a lot of guys this year but we came in and reloaded and I’m really excited to be playing with these guys.”

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