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Miles enjoys visit to Florida

12/20/2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Three-star linebacker/fullback Schyler Miles returned from his weekend visit to Florida on Sunday and came away impressed with what Florida had to offer.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect from Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep was hosted on his visit by Florida fullback Hunter Joyer. Miles said he enjoyed his experience in Gainesville.

“The visit went great,” Miles said. “I liked it a lot. I got to spend time with the players and the coaches and soak everything in. I really enjoyed myself.”

Miles joined Visesio “Junior” Salt and Pierce Burton as the only official visitors this past weekend. Miles, who visited Notre Dame last week, said they had a chance to see what Florida’s program was all about.

“We went to practice and watched how they ran their practice,” he said. “We toured the facilities a little bit on Friday and Saturday. We had dinner with almost the whole coaching staff on Friday night. Saturday morning we went to practice again, then I met with Coach [D.J.] Durkin and Coach [Will] Muschamp this morning.”

Though Miles is being recruited as a fullback and linebacker, he says Durkin, the linebackers coach, sees him as a linebacker.

“He’s a great coach,” Miles said. “He just told me he sees me being successful at linebacker. He’s really excited. He loves the way I play and loves my instincts. He really thinks I can be something special there.”

Muschamp echoed Durkin’s thoughts, but added that fullback is still a possibility.

“He loves what kind of player I am,” Miles said. “He likes what I bring to the table -- my character and how I present myself. He’s giving me the opportunity to play fullback and linebacker. Whichever one works out, he’s going to make the right decision to put me there. It’s a great opportunity. He’s a great coach.”

After his Florida visit, where do the Gators stand?

“Florida has always been up there,” Miles said. “Ever since they offered, they’ve always been high on my list. It’s a great opportunity, great education, and it’s SEC football. They’ve always been high on my list, but I still don’t have a top school right now because I haven’t taken all of my officials yet.”

Miles is planning to visit West Virginia on Jan. 13 and either Kansas or Iowa State after that. Kansas recently got into the picture for Miles after Charlie Weis took the head coaching position. Weis was recruiting Miles while he was at Florida.

“That would be the only reason I would be going to Kansas,” Miles said. “They are trying to get me up there pretty bad. They told me I’m the No. 1 linebacker on their board. They are trying to make it a priority to get me up there.”

Miles got the opportunity to spend some time with defensive tackle prospect Salt on his visit.

“I hung out with Junior quite a bit,” he said. “The other guy (Burton) didn’t come in until late last night. I got an opportunity to go to dinner a few times with Junior, and spend a little time with him. He’s a great guy. I talked to him about it, I asked him how he liked it. He said he loved the campus. He told me he really didn’t want to stay in California and wants the opportunity to play out of state.”