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Syracuse Football: California JUCO Linemen Love Upstate New York

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I remain unclear how or why but Syracuse continues to attract California JUCO lineman into it's program as two of them committed over the weekend.

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Another year, another crop of California JUCO lineman trickle in to the Syracuse Orange system. This weekend, SU picked up two verbal commitments from two more West Coast players looking for a chance to make the jump to the big leagues. It's a move that's paid off for quite a few former and current SU players as well (Tombe Kose, Marcus Peirce-Brewster, Zian Jones, etc.)

First up is John Miller, not to be confused with Jonny Miller, an offensive lineman from Los Angeles Harbor Junior College. The 6-foot-3½, 317-pound lineman from Carson, CA visited the campus this weekend, liked what he saw and decided to commit.

"I loved it. They’re an up-and-coming program. They just got a share of the Big East title," Miller said. "This feels like a new home for me."

"They said they’d like me to come in as a guard, but I could end up at center," Miller said, adding he doesn’t have a preference as to which position he starts out at.

You can thank, who else, Greg Adkins for this one. Miller also apparently had interest from TCU, New Mexico, Nevada and Memphis.


Just when you thought things couldn't get any more California JUCO lineman-y, along came Trevon Trejo, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound weakside defensive end from Golden West College, who also committed over the weekend.

According to recruiting websites, Trejo chose the Orange over offers from Michigan State, Nevada, New Mexico and New Mexico State. Last month, Michigan State appeared to be the leader for Trejo.

We really f***ed up New Mexico's recruiting plans this weekend.

Tailback Laray Smith and defensive end/linebacker Ebenezer Ogundeko were both in town this weekend as well, though only Smith seems to be interested in the possibility of joining the Orange. We shall see...