Monday, August 27, 2012
Dorian Miller mixes it up
By Jared Shanker ESPN RecruitingNation
METUCHEN, N.J. -- On the field, four-star offensive lineman Dorian Miller is quick and decisive as a key cog in Metuchen (N.J.) High School's run-based offense.
Off the field, everything is played at a much different speed. Patience takes priority, not only in his recruiting but in his hobby away from the game. When not working on new ways to beat his opponents, Miller can be found in his basement working on new beats to his music.
"It definitely is therapeutic, because I have the patience to sit on the computer and go through that," Miller said. "A couple of weeks ago I started making a song at 12 and by the time I was done it was 6. My whole day was pretty much music.
"I'm willing to spend a lot of time on it. I have a lot of patience, which is probably the reason I got a lot of interest in making it."
Jeremy Miller (left) has been a big influence on his son Dorian's passion for music.
When it comes to recruiting, Miller learned it's best to take your time after watching his older brother Dejuan go through the process as part of the Class of 2008. Dejuan starred at Metuchen and was the nation's No. 26 wide receiver. He committed to Oklahoma, his favorite team growing up, in June before his senior season. He finished his career with 75 receptions and two TDs.
"Watching him go through the whole process, visiting different schools with him, seeing how coaches treated him, I was hoping I was going to be in those same shoes," said Miller, the No. 22 offensive guard in the nation. "I was watching as a player and brother. I was taking little notes down in my head so when I get to that stage I'd be able to filter through the stuff they want you to hear.
"He said really take your time. Like I said, you don't marry a girl you met a week ago. You got to get to know her to make sure she's your best friend."
And the No. 13 player in New Jersey is flirting most with North Carolina, Tennessee and especially Rutgers with the season and official visits on the horizon. It is likely all three will get an official visit, even North Carolina, which just recently entered the fold but received an unofficial from Miller the weekend of Aug. 10.
Miller, who has double-digit offers, said Rutgers "set the standard" for him.
"Rutgers has always been there, always hitting me with handwritten notes, a Happy Halloween, and that stuff really matters," Miller said.
While Dejuan has been a key voice in Miller's recruitment, his father, Jeremy, has been instrumental with Miller's budding music aspirations. Jeremy is a former CEO of The Source magazine, one of the premier names in hip hop, and there is not much of a generation gap in their music tastes. The two went to a rap concert together in June, and it is often Jeremy who introduces his sons to new music instead of the other way around.
Miller has a studio in the basement and DJ software on his laptop. He makes his own music and produces his own beats.
Considering how he landed his first turntable and who it was from, it's hardly surprising the passion he has for making his own music.
It was Jeremy's 10th year at The Source, and as a gift he was given a set of rims for his truck. While getting the rims, Jeremy ran into legendary New York DJ Funkmaster Flex.
"Flex was just coming out with a line of cheap mixers and turntable starter sets, and when we got the rims I was talking about how Dorian likes to mess with my turntables," Jeremy said. "He ended up giving Dorian one of the turntable mixer kits that he had his brand name on."
Jeremy guesses Miller was 6 years old at the time, and Miller says his days as a DJ go back to elementary school.
"I was installing programs on my computers when I was in kindergarten, hitting the 'Next' button not knowing what I was doing," he said, laughing.
Originally, Miller wanted to major in history, but now he will likely go into telecommunications or some kind of audio and video editing. That will be key in his recruitment, especially since the film and video departments at BCS conference programs are usually extensive. This offseason, Miller even made a highlight tape for a friend on the Metuchen football team. When he gets to college, Miller wants to intern in the video department and cut highlights and video for the winter sports teams.
"The biggest budgets are in the football department. He's going to see video equipment kids in the journalism school don't have or who are interning in the A/V room," Jeremy said. "It's a good perspective to home in on schools: Who might have the best video equipment to work out of?"
The family knows the patience it is showing with Miller's recruitment could result in a numbers crunch at some schools. Of the top 33 guards nationally, Miller is just one of five who are still uncommitted.
That is not going to force Miller to rush into a decision, though.
"If they can't hold a spot for me," Miller said, "then I'm not much of a priority."