When 4-star OT/DL transfer Jonah Miller out of Oregon hit the portal, USC football likely took notice. They NEED to be taking it seriously. The transfer portal is an opportunity to re-recruit players that schools missed out on when the kids were coming out of high school and Miller fits that description.
The Tucson, Arizona native had SC in his top six, but chose to go with the Ducks. Miller also had ASU, Penn State, Washington, and Texas in his top six as well. It appears he still has some interest in SC, as college football insider Mike Farrell reported that he's heard that Miller wants to visit USC:
So far, there hasn't been much else leaked about Miller's intentions. There hasn't been any word on interest from USC, either. Miller reportedly wants to visit with SC, and that interest needs to be mutual. Miller is exactly what SC needs.
Oozing with talent as a four-star recruit in the 2021 class (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports), Miller is the perfect depth piece that the Trojans need to add. He likely wouldn't start on the line, but SC doesn't need starters. They return four from the No. 1-rated line in America that SC had last season (PFF). They also already added a good transfer tackle in Bobby Haskins from Virginia. They need talented depth, however, and Miller provides that. He's the PERFECT depth piece, however, due to an extra talent that's extremely hard to find:
Jonah Miller also can play on the Defensive Line, which is something USC football would value.
Last season, USC football lacked depth on the defensive line so badly that they had to use a true freshman on the offensive line in Maximus Gibbs to play D-Tackle. If SC can kill two birds with one stone on both sides of the trenches, that would be a perfect situation.
Miller plays both spots, which would help even further if SC has a tough time bringing in top tier defensive linemen through the rest of this offseason. There's only one four-star defensive line transfer left in the portal in Jermayne Lole, so if the Trojans can't succeed on brining the Long Beach Poly alum back to SoCal, Miller is an incredible option for damage control.
Miller played inside on the offensive line in high school, too, so while his length (6'7", 260 lbs) is valuable at tackle he can provide depth inside too. Miller was the No. 21 interior offensive lineman in the nation in the 2021 class, and he gives SC options at all three of their biggest needs. If SC wants to get back to national dominance, they need to be winning in the trenches. They will likely not reach that level if they don't take advantage of quality depth out there in the portal that has interest in the program.