Toledo (Ohio) St. John's offensive lineman Matt Miller had secured several offers from BCS schools during his recruitment, but it was the last offer, from Wisconsin, that made the biggest impression and led to a commitment on Wednesday.
"I committed this morning," Miller said. "It is actually kind of weird the way it went down. I was hoping for it big-time, but I wouldn't say I was holding out for it. It was just something that came along and just felt right."
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Miller earned his offer from Wisconsin after camping with the Badgers this past weekend, though head coach Bret Bielema and his staff had been watching the three-star linemen for many months.
"I did a one-on-one thing with the coach before the camp started just so they could see some technique and footwork stuff," Miller said. "Coach [Mike] Markuson, the offensive line coach, he was the one I worked with. It was really cool and anytime you get to work with the guy who is going to be your coach the next 4-5 years, you are already a step ahead and already have a feel for each other.
Miller's recruiting contact at Wisconsin is assistant Eddie Faulkner, who took Miller around the campus when he arrived in Madison that morning.
"I think anybody who has ever been in Madison before will tell you they don't have anything bad to say about it," Miller said. "It is just a great town, there's such a great energy there and there is just a lot going on there. I felt right with that and the campus. They are redoing the facilities right now and my first year it should all be done there, which I am excited about."
Miller held offers from the likes of Boston College, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State and Purdue. He did not necessarily plan on making his commitment this early in the process.
"If you would have asked me that question two weeks ago, I would have told you I have no idea what would happen," Miller said. "It could have been a situation like what happened when I got an offer that was really big for me and I felt right about it, took a couple days and accepted it. Or, it could have been one of those deals where it could have gone on for awhile. I didn't really want it to, though, and am happy I got it done before the season and definitely happy I made it Wisconsin."
Miller also made it clear that his recruitment is now over and he will be signing with the Badgers next February.
"I am done," Miller said. "My only visit will be to Wisconsin."