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After getting a surprise scholarship offer from Wisconsin, Denver Mullen quarterback Jonny Miller is anxious to see what the Badgers have to offer.

MADISON - When it comes to recruiting quarterbacks it seems like Wisconsin will go anywhere to find one. In the past few years, Wisconsin has signed quarterbacks from Illinois (Jon Budmayr) and Tennessee (Curt Phillips). This year will the Badgers head a little further away from Wisconsin to find that quarterback?

Jonny Miller (Denver, CO), a 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback, recently received his first BCS conference offer from Wisconsin. However, the Badgers aren't the only team that is recruiting this quarterback from Mullen High School. Miller is getting interest from, "Tulsa, Colorado State, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, and a few other schools. New Mexico State and Wisconsin have offered."

Despite all the suitors, Miller wasn't reluctant to name favorites or those schools that he was interested in.

"Right now I like Wisconsin," explained Miller. "I am coming out there. I leave Friday (4/10). Meet coach Bielema and the coaching staff and see how everything is. I heard it's pretty sweet though, so I'm excited. I definitely would call them the favorite."

As for the contact that Miller has had with Wisconsin, it has only increased over the last week.

"I have talked to Coach Bielema for a little while," Miller said. "That is who I originally talked to when I got my offer. Then I also talked to Coach Chryst. I am anxious to meet them in person. I like them a lot. The first time I talked to Coach Bielema, he was talking to me about football, my interest, things that I like to do and I really just thought he was a cool guy. So I'm really anxious to meet them."

Even though Miller is coming from a state not in the Midwest, or Big Ten country, the junior quarterback has a good impression of the Badger program.

"I have never been to Wisconsin, but I can't wait to go and see what Badger Nation is all about," explained Miller. "I just know that the fans are very supportive. I know they are a good school. They always compete for the title in the Big Ten and I know they are a great football school. Great tradition."

Miller was able to describe what he sees as his strengths that he can offer to a program at the next level.

"My strengths are leadership, real strong arm, really just kind of like a field general out there, and really like to compete."

As for a timetable for his decision, Miller said, "I want to probably be committed somewhere before my senior season."


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