July 8, 2009
New QB commit talks decision
The Syracuse University football team continues to roll as they received yet another verbal commitment. Quarterback Jonny Miller was the sixth commitment for the Orange in the past 15 days. The future Orange gunslinger took some time while at work to speak about his commitment and what happened during the days leading up to his decision.
The journey from a prep quarterback in Colorado to a division one commitment started at the end of last week as he visited Syracuse over the holiday weekend.
"I was on a visit for July 4th weekend. I loved it everything was amazing," Miller said. "I guess I could not say that I had an absolute favorite part. I can say that there was nothing about my visit that I didn't like. Everything was great and I loved everything."
Miller, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds enjoyed his visit and thought everything was great. On the trip he also saw some things that he did not expect to see.
"I was not expecting the facilities to be as good as they are. I was not expecting to love all of the coaches even the strength coach and the players were great. I expected it to be good, but everything was just above what I expected."
After holding the Orange offer for a couple months and doing his own research on the school before his visit what exactly put the Orange over the top?
"I would have to say that the coaching staff was the main thing. Every coach that I met was exactly what I was looking for in a coach. I know that they are going to get the program turned around and we are going to get the winning teams like we had back in the nineties and everything is going to get back BCS games. I really feel confident in the coach's abilities to recruit and get the players they need to win."
Out of all the things that he had learned and seen at the school there was one aspect of Syracuse was the most important factor for him in picking the Orange.
"The coaching staff was number one. When you are on a visit and when you ask the current players about the coaching staff and they had nothing bad to say, that was a good thing. I knew right there that these coaches are genuine and they are good people."
There is still a long time before Miler steps on campus as a member of the Orange, but once he is there he will be ready to play.
"I am looking forward to getting in there and competing and work under some of the other quarterbacks maybe. Hopefully and get in there and help the team and just start that winning tradition."
Not only will Miller be ready to play, but he will be ready to show the Orange fans what kind of player he is.
"They are going to be seeing a player that loves to compete and that will do anything to get a win. I will try my best and I will give 110 percent and I will go in and work my butt off week in and week out."
Now that Miller is committed to the Orange he can sit back and watch his future team play in one of their most important seasons ever. With the Orange and a rebuilding phase Miller is not looking for a miracle, but just some solid improvement.
"I am just basically looking for an improvement. It is hard to ask for a major improvement just because of how far they need to come. One thing that they talked about with me is they just want to have the players not give up and buy into the system and to work their hardest that is basically what I am looking for. Hopefully get a five win or six win season and just go on from there and get better and better."
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