May 20, 2009

New offer for Miller

Although it's early in the 2010 recruiting process, Wisconsin, in all likelihood, is looking to add two quarterbacks before Signing Day next February with just four signal callers set to enter fall camp in August.

With offers already out to seven known uncommitted quarterbacks, the UW staff has taken an aggressive approach this time around, offering prospects from all different areas of the country.

One of those prospects, Jonny Miller of Denver (Colo.) Mullen, has already seen Madison firsthand this spring and currently has the Badgers on top of his list heading into summer.

Wednesday night, caught up with the 6-foot-2, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback to discuss UW's involvement, as well as a recent offer from Syracuse.

"It's going great," Miller said. "Syracuse offered me and a number of schools have been to Mullen asking about my transcripts. I've been staying in close contact with the schools that have offered. I've also been in close contact with Colorado State. Things have been going well, though."

Syracuse, which stumbled to a 3-9 in 2008 (1-6 in the Big East), hired Doug Marrone this winter after the departure of Greg Robinson. The Orange already have one committed quarterback in the class of 2010, John Kinder of Cedarhurst, N.Y.

"From what they've told me and by the knowledge my parents have about the school, I'm aware of the tradition," Miller explained. "I can't say I know anything in-depth about Syracuse football but I definitely know about their tradition and that their staff is an elite coaching staff. They are trying to turn around a program that has been in shambles, but I know they are very excited about what they can do and the opportunity that they have.

"They've expressed to me how the quarterback position is huge in their turn around," he continued. "They currently have Greg Paulus, but he'll be gone by the time I step foot on campus, anyway. They've also talked about the opportunity to play early if I did go there and that they'd be extremely happy if I were to commit there. I won't commit to a school without seeing it first…my family and I will try and visit some time in June."

Miller, who visited Madison in April, has built a strong relationship with the Wisconsin staff and admittedly has the Badgers leading the rest of the pack.

"The Badgers are definitely my top school," Miller said. "So, that's all I can say. I love Coach (Paul) Chryst and Coach B (Bielema). I know Wisconsin won't have any trouble winning in the future."

With offers currently on the table from Wisconsin, Syracuse and New Mexico State, Miller has seen TCU, Iowa, Colorado State, Kansas State and Wake Forest stop by to gauge his interest.

"All of those schools have given me great reviews," he explained. "Those schools are pretty much just waiting until they are down on the road. Once they get back to their respective campuses I'll know. It should be early June when I find out their status and hear some feedback."

Miller, whose older brother Jimmy plays for San Diego State, has already seen the process once, a beneficial experience for the entire family.

"A lot of his (Jimmy) friends and a lot of my friends have gone on to play college ball," Miller said. "I speak with him about it all the time. Jimmy comes back this week and I'll definitely sit down with him to see what he thinks I should do. He'll definitely have good input; he'll lead me in the right direction.

"It's just kind of a feeling. If I get that feeling about a school then that will be it."

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