There aren’t too many hidden gems in recruiting these days.
Miami hopes it has found one.
UM coaches were tweeting excitedly Monday evening in reference to their latest commitment: Jordan Miller, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound defensive tackle from Jacksonville, who announced his pledge.
That means Miller has gone from a relatively unknown recruit to a key late addition for UM, which is in great need of defensive tackles after the NFL draft defections of starters Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh and the graduation of quality reserve Anthony Moten.
Miller, who will sign next Wednesday and enroll this summer, joins a group that includes redshirt senior Gerald Willis (coming off a season-long sabbatical for what UM has termed personal reasons), junior Pat Bethel, sophomore Jon Ford, redshirt sophomore Tyreic Martin (yet to see game action) and, the Hurricanes hope, four-star recruit Nesta Silvera, who committed but did not sign early.
According to Canesport, Miller, despite his college-level size, wasn’t noticed while playing at small Palatka High. He transferred to Sandalwood High after his junior year, but sat out of spring practice because of gall bladder surgery. He didn’t perform on the summer camp circuit, which explains why he had no Rivals or 247Sports recruiting pages until recently. Those sites have him rated as a three-star recruit.
Miller began to attract mid-major interest as a senior and committed to Georgia Southern. Once he put together a recruiting highlight tape in November, the big schools started coming to see him. Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Tech offered, but Miller was particularly intrigued when Miami offered last week.
Five assistant coaches visited him Monday: head coach Mark Richt, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, Jacksonville area recruiter and special teams/tight ends coach Todd Hartley and assistant linebackers coach Jonathan Patke. He told them he was coming at the end of the visit, Canesport reported. His mother told that website last week if her son committed to Miami, the family would move to West Palm Beach.
See his highlight tape:
Some highlights of those highlights: