Over the last year or two, Syracuse and Oregon State have started to develop a weird, low key rivalry on the recruiting trail. The two teams don’t cross paths very often, but when they do, it’s typically in order for one program to snake a commit from the other. Even more strange is that it always involves recruits from Florida. And it could potentially happen again with Isaiah Miller.
Two recruiting cycles ago, the Beavers flipped defensive end Keivonnis Davis from Syracuse shortly before signing day. Of course that didn’t take, either, as Davis wound up flipping again and signing with Florida. Last year, Devon Clarke was originally an Oregon State commit before backing off that decision and ultimately choosing the Orange.
And now, this year, we’ve got running back Isaiah Miller. The 5-foot-11, speedy back (he reports a time of 4.43 in the 40, according to his HUDL profile) is planning an official visit to Syracuse despite having committed to Oregon State back in June.
Miller is a little bit under the radar, with offers from South Florida and Southern Miss being his two other most noteworthy offers, but the Orange coaches have been on him for awhile. Clearly, they like what they see in the shifty running back. I’m willing to speculate that a big part of the reason the Orange held off on accepting a commitment from another dynamic running back, Damone Drew, was because they’re waiting to get Miller on campus to see if they can flip him from the Beavers.
Incidentally, I mentioned Miller being another in the line of Florida recruits Syracuse and Oregon State have fought over. That doesn’t appear to be completely accurate here. Miller is actually from Michigan, but will be playing his senior season at Baldwin, in Jacksonville, after playing for Edwardsburg, in Michigan, previously. The change of scenery could certainly boost his national profile this season.