Saturday, February 16, 2013
ESPN Watch List LB Miller commits
By Kipp Adams
ESPN 2014 Watch List linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), the son of former NFL linebacker and Gamecocks standout Corey Miller, wanted to see Florida State before checking out Florida on Saturday.
Before he left Gainesville, he knew he wanted to be a Gator.
Watch List linebacker Christian Miller is the son of former South Carolina Gamecock and NFL linebacker Corey Miller.
“I committed to the University of Florida,” Miller said. “I put in a lot of thought and I just felt the most comfortable with Florida, and so did my dad. Coach [Brad] Lawing coached my dad at South Carolina, so that worked out really good.”
The 6-foot-4, 203-pound prospect had 121 tackles, 14 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a junior, and picked up double-digit offers before making his commitment Saturday. His decision to pick Florida was based on several factors.
“I love the campus and the area, and I always liked the thought of living in Florida,” Miller said. “Plus, talking to the coaches and having a chance to work with coach [D.J.] Durkin and Coach Lawing, who I knew from South Carolina, I just felt like it was the best fit for me academically and in terms of football.”
Miller waited until the end of his junior day visit to give the Gators’ coaching staff the good news.
“After everything was over, I was talking to Coach Lawing, Coach Durkin, Coach [Will] Muschamp and my dad. [They] were all talking in Coach Muschamp’s office, and I went ahead and broke the news. They got really fired up and started jumping up and down, so that made me feel good.”
With almost a year to go until signing day, schools are likely not going to give up on the talented linebacker prospect. Miller feels confident in his choice.
“Honestly when I made my decision, I am done with it,” Miller said. “I am 100-percent committed to Florida for right now and it should stay that way. I might take an official or two just because I can, but I am really firm with the Gators. I feel like I can relax and focus on academics and my senior season. It feels really good to be a Gator.”
The coaches at Florida are excited about the addition of Miller, who they said should help them get to the quarterback in the future.
“They think my versatility as a pass rusher will be big for them because they did not bring in a lot of that in the 2013 class,” Miller said. “I can put my hand down in a 4-3 and I can play either backer position in a nickel formation as well.”
Miller is the sixth commitment for Florida in the 2014 class, and the third to commit to the Gators during their junior day on Saturday.