Just less than 48 hours after landing a defensive lineman the Badgers earned commitment No. 10 for their 2013 class in the form of offensive line prospect Matt Miller. He becomes the third offensive lineman to commit to Wisconsin in this class.
Some services have him listed as a defensive end, but according to reports the Badgers have plans to use him along the offensive line instead.
Wisconsin is having a summer full of quick commits as Miller was known to have bee offered just this past Sunday and made his commitment just a few days later. Miller camped at Ohio State in early June, but didn't receive an offer right away and visited Wisconsin just this past weekend. So, it's clear the campus and program made a huge impression on him right away.
Matt Miller Profile/Rankings:
Hometown/High School: Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit
- 247sports: 3* (86 grade), NR nationally, 36 (SDE though), 30th in OH
- ESPNRN: 3* (76 grade), #51 OG, #98 regional, #43 in OH
- Rivals: 3* (5.6 grade), NR nationally, 36 (OG), 49th in OH
- Scout: 3*, #31 OG
Thoughts & Video:
Miller is a classic two way high school player, but Wisconsin is right in seeing his college future on the offensive line, just by watching his tape. He's a better prospect there than at his DE posisition in my book.
He was a highly sought after prospect with offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Miami (FL & OH), Michigan State and more. He also had interest from Tennessee and Ohio State, so he's no slouch.
He's been steadily adding weight to his frame and if he can get to 275-280 by the end of his Senior season he will be well on his way to becoming another big Badger O-Lineman. It will be interesting to see if he is one of the kids that may become an early entrant because I think it would behove him in terms of better learning the position and getting on a weight and diet program at the University. Now, I'm not saying that will happen, but he could be a prime candidate for something like that.
Playing both sides of the ball Miller clearly has the athletic ability to be a pulling guard for Wisconsin, which is a trademark for any guard of the last 15 years or so. The one area of concern in watching his tape is something we see a lot of from guys at this level and it's that he plays too upright out of his stance. At the high school level you can get away with that sort of stuff because chances are you are bigger and stronger than the guy across from you, but at the collegiate level DT's will eat you up if you play like that.
Overall Miller is a prospect that I could see develop into a road grader type guard and be someone that surprises by the end of his career at Wisconsin.
Check out his tape from his Junior season below: