MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s secondary picked up a major addition for its upcoming recruiting class on Monday. Dreshun Miller, a four-star defensive back who spent the past two seasons at Eastern Arizona Junior College, announced he will be attending West Virginia next year.
Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Miller as the No. 2 cornerback and No. 7 overall player in 2019 junior college class.
Miller had been committed to LSU since this summer, but flipped to the Mountaineers after visiting Morgantown this weekend. He announced his decision on Twitter.
— Dreshun ® 〽️iller (@DreshunMiller) December 10, 2018
“These past few months have truly been a blessing,” Miller tweeted. “This recruitment process has been a wild trip — but with that being said, I have officially committed to West Virginia University… WVU just felt like home and I cannot wait to get to play there. I wanna thank God for blessing me and thank my parents and everyone else who stood by my side through this journey. Go Mountaineers!”
Sources familiar with LSU’s recruiting previously told MetroNews the Tigers targeted Miller when the expectation was that third-year cornerback Kristian Fulton would leave early for the NFL draft. With Fulton now expected to return after suffering a late-season injury and other previously inexperienced players proving their worth at both corner and safety, LSU had less need for plugging in a junior college player right away.
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and cornerbacks coach Doug Belk pounced on the opportunity and beat out Texas A&M and others for Miller. Belk, like Miller, is a Georgia native. Miller attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Ga., before moving west for junior college.
It also doesn’t hurt that three of Miller’s former Eastern Arizona teammates are currently Mountaineers. Offensive linemen Joe and Mike Brown and receiver Isaiah Esdale all played with Miller in junior college.
At the moment, Miller is the third four-star recruit in this year’s class, which is back up to 15 verbal commitments after pulling a scholarship offer from University High athlete Amir Richardson on Friday. According to Rivals.com’s Keenan Cummings, Miller will enroll at West Virginia in January.
Miller still has a redshirt season available, but he’s expected to challenge for playing time immediately.
The Mountaineers return their top four corners next season — Keith Washington, Hakeem Bailey, Josh Norwood and Derrek Pitts — but Miller’s arrival gives West Virginia the flexibility to return Pitts or Norwood to safety.
The early signing period begins Dec. 19. West Virginia’s class is currently projected No. 45 in the nation by Rivals and fifth in the Big 12.