Toledo (Ohio) St. John's lineman Matt Miller came into his junior day visit to Michigan State with three scholarships already in hand, and left East Lansing with his fourth offer of the process Saturday evening.
"That was definitely a big one for me," Miller said. "They just came off back-to-back 11-win seasons and have been really successful the last couple years. Their program really speaks for itself. Obviously they have a great school up there and it's the biggest campus in the country, so it has a lot to offer. Not to mention, it's about an hour and 45 minutes away, so it's a really nice place for me."
Michigan State assistant coach Mike Tressel informed Miller late last week that they wanted him to come up for their junior day. He did not go in knowing an offer was forthcoming, but was informed mid-way through the trip.
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"Right when I got there I had talked to Coach [Mark] Staten, the offensive line coach, Coach [Dan] Roushar and Coach Tressel, who recruits my area," Miller said. "They pulled me out to talk with Coach [Pat] Narduzzi, who is the assistant head coach, and he took me into Coach [Mark] Dantonio's office. They all really liked my film and just wanted to see my in person one last time."
The 6-5, 250-pound Miller played on both lines as a junior for St. John's and is being recruited by different teams for both sides of the football. Michigan State is looking at him for offense.
"Coach Staten said they really like me at offensive guard," Miller said. "He thinks my body type could fit in at their guard position and he and I went over their scheme. So, for the time being, it looks like I would be playing offensive guard if I were to go to Michigan State. I enjoy playing any position, so that's definitely a great opportunity for me."
Miller was also supposed to attend Illinois' junior day this weekend, but his mother's car started acting up on the way back from East Lansing Saturday night and he had to postpone the visit with the Illini. Miller does plan to reschedule the trip to Illinois, and also has other visits in mind for the coming weeks and months.
"I'm going to keep going around the Big Ten," Miller said. "I am going to try and get to Iowa and Ohio State here pretty soon. I will probably get back up to Michigan and will try to get back out to Illinois and possibly some others."
Prior to picking up the offer from Michigan State, Miller had been offered by Illinois, Cincinnati and Toledo.